The Glenholme School in Washington recently welcomed Evan Turner, a professional NBA player with the Portland Trailblazers, to campus.

Upon his arrival, Turner toured the property briefly with three, sport-struck students.

At the Center for the Arts, among the entire school community, Turner candidly spoke of his early life, overcoming challenges through persistence and commitment.

Sharing his early life experiences with his middle school pals in tow, touting the importance of having friends in life and for life.

He shared how he overcame many of his issues opened up students to some of their own questions and continuously stressing the importance of being resilient, giving back, and maintaining one’s health, both physically and mentally.

Afterwards, he took to the court for some fun 3-on-3 basketball games with students.

Turner, 28, overcame adversity as a young child and went on to earn a long list of basketball accomplishments spanning his high school, college and professional careers.

In 2010, Turner was named National Player of the Year and a first-team 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American player and the 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year.

He was drafted second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010 NBA draft.

He continues to play professional basketball and is currently with the Portland Trailblazers.

What encouraged students most was that Turner could talk easily about his need for speech therapy to overcome a speech impediment.

From that moment, his message about working hard in school and striving to reach your goals truly resonated with students.

Turner also spoke about being healthy, reaching the ultimate mindset for success, not only in sports and school, but for life, and making certain you show appreciation for those who helped you by giving back.

After the basketball competitions, Turner posed for a few group photos, signed autographs, and shared more inspirational thoughts and encouragement with individual students.