Anfernee Simons wants to set up the next generation for future success.
The Portland Trail Blazers guard knows that kids who have savings accounts are six times more likely to go to college and he wants to ensure Black and Brown kids have the necessary resources as they transition through and overcome varying hardships.
That’s why Simons is giving back to the community that gave so much to him.
For Black History Month, Simons shared he is teaming up with Black-owned, woman-owned banking app, Goalsetter, to start one million savings accounts for the Boys and Girls Club of East Altamonte and Hungerford Elementary in Eatonville, FL.
Each kid will receive a deposit of $40 in their first savings account.
This isn’t the first time Simons has given back to the Central Florida community in which he grew up. Following the NBA bubble season, Simons partnered with One Heart for Women & Children to gift laptops to students in need.
In his third NBA season, Simons has shown a mental toughness and poise while backing up Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. The young guard is averaging 7.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in nine games for Portland this season.
With Damian Lillard sidelined with an abdominal strain on Thursday, Simons will likely see more playing time when the Trail Blazers take on the Philadelphia 76ers at 5:00 p.m. (PT) on NBC Sports Northwest.