“I was his sponsor until he left for Australia”

Article by Viorel Tudorache – Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2022 3:00 PM / Updated on Thursday, June 23, 2022 4:49 PM

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO DO SPORTS? Gazeta Sportulor publishes episode 3 today from the series that presents the costs of playing basketball in Romania at the level of children and juniors. The first two parts were dedicated footballrespectively swimming. The mother of the young basketball player Dragoș Lungu, 17 years old, reveals the sacrifices made for her son to follow his dream.

  • The new GSP series “How much does it cost to do sports” he set off with footballthe most practiced sport in the country, and he continued swimming.
  • We gather information and stories from sincere dialogues with parents, children, coaches, people in the system to bring to the fore not only financial costs, but also investments of time, energy and emotion.
  • What challenges appear at the beginning of the career, what problems do the children face, how do the parents cope, who pays how much, what is the success rate?

Dragoș Lungu, 17 years old, 1.95 meters tall, is one of the very talented Romanian juniors, who knocks today at the NBA gates. The kid from Cluj-Napoca, born on September 2, 2004, started playing basketball at the age of 6, in the Mănăștur neighborhood, inspired by his older brother, Tudor.

At the age of 8, Dragoș was selected at the U-BT Academy, where he progressed quickly. Dragoș Lungu quickly climbed the steps to performance, and at the age of 15, he was promoted to the senior team for the 2020/2021 season of the National League.

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After a season with 31 games in the U-BT jersey and two championships won, in seniors and in the U18, and with excellent performances in the role of game coordinator at the Euroleague Next Generation Tournament, Dragoș Lungu was noticed last year by a prestigious academy in Australia.

He received a two-year scholarship, until August 2023, from the Global Academy in Canberra, which prepares promising athletes, targeted for enrollment in the draft of the North American league.

According to u-bt.basketball, Lungu is the first player in Europe to reach the Australian elite center, which has propelled into the NBA well-known names such as Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Joe Ingles, Luc Longley or Patty Mills .

Without the financial support of his parents, it would have been difficult for him to reach this level.

“I was his sponsor until he left for Australia. Now we don’t pay anything, he has everything insured at the Academy. He didn’t even ask us for money. I became a supporteri. I hope God helps him, to be happy and healthy. To mature beautifully, to be perfect as a human being. His dream is NBA “, says Laura Lungu, the mother of the talented junior.

Dragoș has as an example his brother, Tudor, who left for the USA, in 2017, also at the age of 16, to play basketball and study.

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Treatment of tens of thousands of euros at 15 years

At the age of 15, Dragoș overcame a particularly difficult scale. In 2019, he was diagnosed with dissecting osteochondritis of the knee, a disease that kept him away from the basketball court for almost a year. Doctors believe that such problems in adolescents are caused by repeated stress on the bone in competitive sports from a very young age.

His parents strongly supported him to continue his dream. The financial situation allowed them. But many children do not have this chance.

“My parents supported me the most. They made me think it wasn’t all basketball. It was hard for me, I got depressed. Then my mother forced me to talk to a psychologist. I didn’t want to, it seemed silly. After two sessions I started to like it and I realized that it suits me well.

And the coaches helped me. I gained confidence when they told me that they can’t wait to have me at training “, Dragoș told the U-BT club’s website.

“I never calculated the expenses for the passion and health of the children,” said Laura Lungu, the junior’s mother, a doctor by profession.

She continued: But I can say that the year in which Dragoș had knee problems due to his growth was an extraordinarily costly one. Expenses of tens of thousands of euros. With medical visits abroad, investigations and all kinds of therapies, physiotherapy, ozone therapy. He did six MRIs on his knee. Fortunately, we had the opportunity to help him. “

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600 euros / year only boots

The parents’ expenses increased exponentially as Dragoș passed from one stage to another.

“In the first years of basketball I paid a fee and many trips to tournaments, where I accompanied him whenever I could. When he was little, he didn’t know about expensive equipment, but he has become more demanding since he started training more.

We order equipment from various sites abroad. I was giving 150 euros for a pair of boots, which were worn every two or three months and we had to buy others. A shorts costs 30-40 euros, and a t-shirt about the same.

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We took 7-8 T-shirts for training. They had to be colorful and fashionable. He was sweating a lot and the washing machine was working non-stop, “said the young basketball player’s mother.

The individualization trainings also paid for by his parents also played an important role in Dragoș’s evolution: “From the age of 14, Dragoș went once a week to Marcel Țenter’s Academy, even when he had knee problems he did special trainings” An individualization session with a single athlete can cost 200 lei.

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