Reading’s Lonnie Walker is continuing to look for ways to help his new city.
A few days after the second-year San Antonio Spurs player helped clean up San Antonio’s downtown following protests in memory of George Floyd, the former PIAA District 3 superstar posted on social media that he’ll be sending care packages to local, family-owned businesses in the city that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and recent protests.
Walker also posted a video on Instagram about his goal to help small businesses.
“I wanted to find a way to help out,” he said in his Instagram video. “Being a San Antonian myself, I say I live here and I love you guys with the bottom of my heart.”
On Sunday, Walker joined volunteered his time walking around San Antonio to assist with cleaning up storefronts and businesses that were damaged during protests in memory of Floyd during the weekend.
He handed out bottles of water to workers and helped take down graffiti.
“I take great pride in saying that I live in San Antonio,” Walker said to the San Antonio Express. “I am part of this community.
“I am just trying to be another human being playing my part. I am not Lonnie Walker who plays for the Spurs. I am not an NBA player. I am just a regular human being trying to do what we are supposed to do, and that’s to create peace, positivity and joy throughout everybody’s lives.”
Walker did not discuss at length with the Express his thoughts on the killing of Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, but he has posted on Instagram multiple times in the past few days in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and recent protests across the country.
A five-star recruit at Reading High School, Walker was named PIAA Class 6A Player of the Year in 2017 as he led the Red Knights to a state title win over Pine-Richland. He averaged 18.4 points per game his senior season and finished with a school-record 1,828 points.
He attended the University of Miami for one season and led the team in scoring, before getting drafted 18th overall by the Spurs in the 2018 NBA draft. His role increased with the Spurs this season and he was 5.6 points in 14.5 minutes per game before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus.
Matt Allibone is a sports reporter for GameTimePA. He can be reached at 717-881-8221, email@example.com or on Twitter at @bad2theallibone.
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