Sixers guard Ben Simmons hosts second annual ‘Coats for Kids’
In two years, Simmons has helped supply 1,200 students with new coats.
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.”
Ben Simmons walking into your elementary school gym has to be a pretty nice feeling, right? Simmons is here to giveaway more than 600 coats to students at Henry C. Lea Elementary School at his second annual ‘Coats For Kids’ event. pic.twitter.com/nIAQWBWXpC— Damichael Cole (@DamichaelC) October 16, 2019
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.
“I just try to do everything I can to help people. Any way I can help kids out during the winter or school, I love to do that,” Simmons said.