Former Wolf Pack basketball star Ramon Sessions is back in Reno this week to host his annual basketball camp.
"I've always got to come back because I cherish this place," said Sessions. "It's the reason why on my camp it says Reno and Myrtle Beach because this is a second home for me, and I'm going to do this until I can't do it anymore."
It's the sixth year in a row he's held it at the South Reno Athletic Club. He still views it as a second home, eight years after he left Nevada for the NBA.
"They did so much for me in this community," added Sessions. "Being in the Wolf Pack, and the three years I was here was just tremendous. And it made me grow as a young adult and made me become a man. I've always got to come back because I cherish this place."
The turnout of campers has grown every year, due to his popularity and "hands-on" approach. Sessions doesn't just make an appearance at the camp, he runs it, dishing out advice and lessons along the way.
"I just know how much it would have meant for me if somebody would have come back and done something like this. I'm just trying to give back, you know, to the people who look up to me. Just trying to give back to the kids and the community."
He's also honoring one of his hero's this week. The camp is dedicated to his high school coach, Buddy Rogers, who died of a heart attack back in 2005. The t-shirts given out at the camp have "Buddy" written on the back, with "My Motivation, My Inspiration" underneath.
"He was a tremendous guy in my life. He's a guy I'll never forget," says Sessions. "He meant a lot to me, if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here today."
He is now an established player in the NBA. Sessions just wrapped up his seventh season, split between the Bobcats and the Bucks. He averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game, but really took off the final 28 games in Milwaukee, averaging a career-high 15.8 points per game. A good career for someone who was one of the final picks in the 2007 NBA draft.
"It's one of those things that I definitely pinch myself every now and again. I sit back, because I know it was a dream for me. A dream come true."
And that's exactly what he wants to impart to the kids here this week. That anything is possible if you work hard and give your best.
"Definitely! Chase your dream," implores Sessions. "For me, people didn't believe that I would be able to do it. And I'm one of those guys that dreamed to be in the NBA and I made it. For them, (my advice) is just to live your dream. Don't let anybody break your dream."
Sessions two-year contract is up. He is now a free agent this summer.