Anfernee Simons, Dunk Contest Participants to earn winnings for HBCUs


This Sunday, the nation will finally get to see Anfernee Simons dunk the basketball. 

But more importantly, NBA All-Star weekend will be supporting historically Black colleges and universities while also advancing awareness and assisting COVID-19 relief for communities of color. 

As a part of that initiative, Simons could be winning some mad cash for HBCU, Alabama State, whom he will be dunking for. 

ESPN's Marc Spears posted that the three dunk contest participants will each represent an HBCU with the college receiving $50,000 if its player wins with the player getting $100,000.

Simons will represent Alabama State, while Indiana Pacers guard Cassius Stanley will be dunking for Charles Drew University of Medicine and New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin will represent York College.

AT&T, the sponsor for the NBA Slam Dunk contest, will "provide a $100,000 contribution for the three dunkers – $40,000 for the winner and $30,000 for each runner-up – and donate $5,000, or “5Gs,” representative of their nationwide 5G network, toward HBCU student initiatives through TMCF for every dunk during the NBA All-Star Game," as stated in the NBA's press release.

In total, the NBA and its family of sponsors will provide $3 million of relief to the community of HBCUs. 

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