Ben Simmons ‘Coats For Kids’ Event Blesses 600 West Philly Students

We know Ben Simmons loves to dish the rock and is probably the most unselfish superstar in the NBA. The man hasn’t even attempted a three-pointer in a regular-season game. 

The 23-year-old on-again-off-again love interest of socialite Kendall Jenner also just signed a $170 million, five-year contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers in January. We also know that he’s a genuinely solid dude. 

So it’s no surprise that he blessed hundreds of students at a West Philadelphia elementary school with brand new winter coats Wednesday, just in time for the impending cold weather rush.  

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The 600 kids in attendance at Henry C. Lea Elementary School were thrilled that Simmons made a personal appearance, along with Sixers mascot Franklin and his backup dancers. 

Simmons, in partnership with the 76ers and ‘Operation Warm’ gifted a brand new winter coat to every student at the school at his “Coats for Kids” event. 

As NBA stars such as LeBron James gets blasted for siding with the Chinese government and NBA revenue rather than Hong Kong protesters on an issue taking place thousands of miles away from our country and is largely beyond our control, Simmons is another living example of the African-American player taking responsibility for his community and understanding that his good fortune can spread around the world faster than he throws a bounce pass to Joel Embiid on a fastbreak. 

“I just try to do everything I can to help people,” Simmons said per The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Any way I can help kids out during the winter or school, I love to do that.”

 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.