CAMDEN, New Jersey – On Tuesday, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers brought a new mission to save the sport to college in Camden, New Jersey.
Simmons and Tony the Tiger joined unsuspecting seventh and eighth graders at Cooper’s Poynt Family School as part of Frosted Flakes’ “Mission Tiger.”
In an early morning rally turned into a rally, the duo surprised the Superstar Tiger teams with new athletic gear, including specialized hoops and back panels, benches, a scoreboard, and new uniforms and shoes.
In August, Tony the Tiger launched Mission Tiger alongside his first recruit, Simmons, to help expand access to sports for college kids. The initiative cites the lack of funding as the reason 47% of college athletic programs are being cut or seeing cuts.
The team called Tuesday’s surprise an effort to help a needy college that Simmon knows and loves from his time in the community.
Cooper’s Poynt Family School is just around the corner where Simmons practice.
Lauren Johnson of FOX 29 joined the Simmons and the students on Tuesday morning for the special occasion.