MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - NBA point guard and Myrtle Beach native made a stop back home to check out the progress of the new Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand facility.
Crews broke ground on the $3.3 million project a year ago.
With his roots still deeply planted in the Myrtle Beach community, Sessions was a major partner in helping bring the project to life and got the opportunity to tour the facility with his mother for the first time.
“Man to say the groundbreaking was not too long ago, to come in and see this. It’s breath taking,” said Sessions.
Sessions knew he always wanted to give back to his hometown.
“I know this building will be used well with Dione and the Boys and Girls Club. It’s just an honor to be part of it,” said Sessions.
With more than 50 tons of steel in place, the facility is about halfway complete.
Boys and Girls Club Director Dione Buonto said it’s like watching a dream become reality.
“I think they’re super excited to come over here in the fall, start a new school year with brand new stuff and really have something that they can feel proud of,” said Buonto.
Over the past decade, Sessions has hosted his summer basketball camp in Myrtle Beach and hopes to one day host the camp inside the new Ramon Session Gym.
“That’s one of those things I always look forward to coming back and doing is being with the kids,” said Sessions.
As a teen innovation center, Buonto hopes to prepare hundreds of students for life after high school.
“If they decided they don’t want to do a four-year college, it will bring them closer to partnering with Horry-Georgetown or maybe trying a certification program,” said Buonto.
As for Ramon’s legacy in Myrtle Beach, he knows it goes far beyond basketball.
“Playing in the NBA is great, but this is the stuff that sits with you when you’re done playing. Stuff you can look back on it and say this is what I accomplished,” said Sessions.
The completion date for the project is still set for September.
Ramon will be back in Myrtle Beach in June for his 11th annual Ramon Sessions Basketball summer camp.