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Gabby Williams is home and organizing the first development camp

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – One of Northern Nevada’s greatest athletes is back home.

“It’s probably been 10 years since I’ve been in Reno that long,” said former Reed High School athlete Gabby Williams.

From Reed to the University of Connecticut, to the pros, and now back again, Williams spent her weekend in Reno developing the next wave of great basketball players.

“I trained with Walt (Hopkins) here in the offseason and working with the girls, we wanted to do a camp because I enjoyed working with them so much and wanted to do something more,” Williams said of the inspiration to start her own camp.

Hopkins, another former Raider who now trains kids full-time after working at three WNBA franchises, sees Williams as a role model for younger generations.

“I think it’s important for people to know what she’s done because I think it’s inspiring to the youth in the area that someone from here can do things like this,” he said.

Dozens of children came to the Boys & Girls Club at Foster Drive to learn skills from our region’s best.

Williams grew up in a gym thanks to her father, Matt, who founded the Jam On It Basketball Academy. Gabby hopes the campers will become more sophisticated than she is.

“I always joke that I had no idea how to play basketball when I got to UConn,” she laughed. “I was just athletic and when I got there I didn’t know how to play basketball and it was a rude awakening for me. I want those kids to have it better than me.”

The weekend’s camp included conditioning, skill development, competitions and fun.

“Mistakes are really how we grow,” Hopkins said of the camp’s structure. “Many of the skills and exercises we do are designed to teach them that. Even if they mess up, it’s actually a good thing.

Williams is spending her summer in France as she and the French national team prepare for the Olympic Games in Paris.

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