NBA player hopes to help set next generation up for success

Anfernee Simons donated laptops to students in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – Portland Trailblazer’s Guard Anfernee Simons recently ended his NBA season in the bubble.

But he’s not done showing his talent. The Altamonte Springs native teamed up with non-profit One Heart for Women & Children today to gift 20 laptops to students in Orlando.

[TRENDING: What La Niña could mean for rest of hurricane season | Police find vehicle in connection to 16-year-old shot near Orlando park | When will Florida enter phase 3 of reopening?]

The organization’s mission is to provide the necessary resources for families as they transition through and overcome varying hardships.

“We are trying to put them in position to be successful," said Simons.

The Trail Blazer’s guard attended Edgewater High School in Orlando so Central Florida holds a special place in his heart.

“Anfernee went to Edgewater High School a few years ago,” said Stephanie Bowman, Founder of One Heart for Women and Children.

Bowman recalls a time when he gave back even before he made it to the NBA.

“We were doing what we call a peanut butter jelly jam, we made 5,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in an hours time and took it out to the community and Anfernee was a big part of that day," she said.

“He’s like a role model and motivation for kids like me,” said 16-year-old Jimishia Desir.

You can donate to One Heart for Women & Children by clicking or tapping here.

About the Authors:

Robert Brown is the assignment manager at News 6. He joined the team in July 2018 as a producer and was promoted in 2020. Before moving to The City Beautiful, he spent six years in Jacksonville at WJXT-TV. Robert graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism.