GW Alumnus Yegor Mescheriakov ('98) Featured in The Washington Post
June 4, 2012
George Washington men's basketball alumnus Yegor Mescheriakov ('98) was featured in Sunday's edition of The Washington Post. The article discusses the Mescheriakov Basketball Club, founded by Mescheriakov as a way to give back to the youth of his native Belarus.
Mescheriakov, who completed his master's degree while serving as a marketing and sponsorship assistant and men's basketball radio color commentator at GW in 2011-12, will team with his brother Nikita on the Belarus National Team this summer in an attempt to qualify the country for the 2013 European Championships.
That one man can have such a profound impact on another person's life is not lost on Yegor Mescheriakov. As he nears the twilight of his European playing career, Mescheriakov -- whose long, lean frame and wispy blond hair has changed little since his time with the Colonials -- has been reflecting on how fortunate he has been and how much differently his life might have turned out had he not been given the opportunity to leave Belarus to play for the George Washington men's basketball team in 1995.
Mescheriakov, 35, would like to shine a spotlight on the next generation of basketball talent in Belarus. His growing concern about the declining state of Belarusan basketball spurred him to co-found the Mescheriakov Basketball Club in Minsk, a private program for about 120 boys ages 11 to 15.
Click here to continue reading Kathy Orton's feature on Yegor Mescheriakov in Sunday's The Washington Post.