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Bob doesn't think that Swin came into his life by accident. Before Bob met Swin, his niece Kristine committed suicide, and he believes Kristine brought them together. "I think that somehow Kristine would want me to help other girls build their self-esteem," he says.

Thanks in part to Bob's support and guidance, Swin left Pennsylvania after high school to play basketball for the University of Connecticut. In the spring of 2006, she led the Detroit Shock to the WNBA Championship and won!

Swin has had a lot of success on the court, but she says the most important lessons she learned from her mentor have nothing to do with dribbling and passing.

"Everything about Paps, from day one, has always been about inspiring me," she says. "It never was just about basketball—it was about believing in God, having faith, believing that you can achieve things and having integrity."

Read more about Swin and her "Paps" in Denzel Washington's book, A Hand to Guide Me.
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Published on October 31, 2006

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