Walker IV gives back to Reading youth with basketball camp

 

Lonnie Walker IV is back in Reading, giving back to the youth in the community with his basketball camp at Reading High School.

"[It's a] dream for me," Walker told 69 News. "It's kind of like Draft Day for me, if not equal to it. [I] always dreamed of having my own Lonnie Walker Camp."

It's an experience now shared with 300 young basketball players in Reading. Walker welcomed hundreds of kids to Reading High School's Geigle complex for the free camp.

The opportunity to give back to the community means a lot to the "Kid from Reading."

"To impact one kid, two or three, that means more to me than anything," Walker said. [I] try to make a difference, be as impactful on as many people as I can, spread inspiration and positivity to everyone."

The former Red Knight standout followed the likes of Reading grads Stu Jackson and Donyell Marshall to the NBA. For his first camp to be at the "Castle on the Hill" is special.

"For this to be Reading, at Reading High School, if I was younger, shoot, I think I'd be one of the happiest kids on Earth," Walker said.

After tearing his meniscus in his rookie campaign and spending time in the NBA's G League, Walker was one of the breakout stars of the NBA Summer League. He averaged 30 points in a pair of Las Vegas games and is feeling light years ahead of where he was last season.

"It turned out perfect going into this summer league," Walker said. "Things started slowing down. Things got a lot easier. I'm just happy my hard work is finally showing."

With an eye toward a bigger role with the San Antonio Spurs, Walker is going to continue to grind.

"With the Spurs, nothing is given. You've got to earn it," he said. "Going into open gym and training camp, I gotta earn my minutes still. That's exactly what Coach Pop said. Prove myself wrong that I deserve those minutes."

Walker's camp will be held through Friday for kids ages between the ages of seven and 15.

Walker will also make a special appearance at FirstEnergy Stadium on Friday. The Reading Fightin Phils will give out Lonnie Walker IV bobbleheads to the first 2,000 kids in attendance. He'll also sign autographs.