It's a homecoming of sorts for reading high basketball star turned nba player lonnie walker.
>>rob vaughn: he's "just a kid from reading."
And his fans from reading are making the trip to philadelphia, as lonnie and the san antonio spurs take on the 76ers.
>>wendy davis: wfmz's tom rader is live at the geigle complex in reading with the story.
It's a big night for the city of reading as lonnie walker returns to pa with the spurs and many i spoke to today said they wanted to be in attendance.
>>reporter: dozens of reading high students filled a bus headed to philly to watch former reading high star lonnie walker and his san antonio spurs take on the philadelphia 76ers.
>>dr. noahleen betts/ trip organizer "i cannot put my emotions into words.
This will be my first time attending a basketball game and i'm doing it with high school students."
>>reporter: doctor noahleen betts helped organize the trip.
She says she hopes it serves as a motivator for current students.
>>noahleen betts / trip organizer "we just wanted to find students who we could make a difference in their lives."
>>reporter: for one freshman who says she recently walked away from the game of basketball, she's hoping seeing lonnie will motivate her to get back on the court.
>>solmari rivera/ freshman "i am a lonnie walker fan.
I do like basketball a lot.
I used to play, but then i stopped.
I think if i go it will make me do basketball again."
>>reporter: walker's coach at reading high, rick perez, is also taking a handful of players and coaches to philly for the game.
>>>rick perez/ head coach reading high "it means a whole lot to the community to our lots of excitement in the city of reading tonight as many eyes will be on