Ben Simmons hosted his second annual Coats for Kids event Wednesday morning at Henry C. Lea Elementary School in Walnut Hill. Simmons partnered with the 76ers and Operation Warm to donate new winter coats to every student at the West Philadelphia school.
Simmons arrived in the gym at about 10:30 and was quickly greeted by about 100 students racing toward him with open arms and screaming.
“A little nerve-racking, but it was so exciting to see for the kids,” school principal ShaVon Savage said. “Any time you have a big celebrity like that come to your school when you’re this young, it’s something you’ll never forget.”
Coats were placed on tables and separated by sizes. Simmons posed for pictures and engaged in conversations with the students as he paced through the gym, helping them find the perfect coats.
Coats for Kids has supplied winter coats to more than 1,200 students in two years.