Lonnie Walker IV may be known to the world as a San Antonio Spurs Shooting Guard, but to Reading, he’s family. Staying true to his roots, Walker hopes to use his stardom to inspire the next generation, on and off the court.
To give back to the community who has always supported him, Walker hosted his inaugural ‘Lonnie Walker IV Basketball Camp’ on Wednesday at Reading High’s Geigle Complex. With young fans eager to meet the NBA star, Walker took a few moments to talk with Reading Magazine about being back in his home town.
“This camp was just to give back to the City of Reading” Walker says. “For having all these basketball courts and parks that I used every single day.”
Speaking about his rise to fame Walker wants people to know he’s still a down to earth guy. “I’m still the humbled little kid who came to Reading High.” Walker says. “I know who I am now, but that doesn’t gotta change who I am.”
Spending the week in his hometown, Walker has visited the Children’s Home of Reading, YMCA, and will be holding an autograph session at Friday’s Fightin’ Phils Game. If you attend the baseball game, the first 2,000 kids get a free Lonnie Walker IV bobble head.
Before getting back to the basketball camp, Walker had one last message for the City of Reading. “I love each and every one of you, everyone means so much to me. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, spreading positivity and inspiration to everyone else, so I just want to say thank you to the City of Reading, Pennsylvania.”