Simone4Children Foundation (S4C) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by the first Jamaican WNBA player Simone Edwards, bringing year-round educational support, self-esteem, mentoring and anti-bullying programs to underprivileged children in Jamaica.
Since 2000, S4C has provided year-round support including school supplies, clothing, and food. ongoing homework program helps children with their academic work. Simone was inspired to start the foundation because she wanted to give back to poor communities and support issues of purpose.
Since 2000, Simone has been dedicated to giving back to her core villages in Kingston and Caribbean areas through a variety of community outreach programs. As the effort continues to develop and expand, the mission is to touch young lives around the globe.
I’ll never forget the how it felt growing up in an impoverished gang-infested village in Kingston, Jamaica. It was like being stuck with no hope for the future. Then something magical happened. I was offered a full college scholarship in America, if I learned how to play basketball. A sport I never even heard of. In Kingston, I found my love for basketball; but more importantly, it’s where I was adamant to learn the sport in hopes to return to give back to this country.
I was born in Jamaica, I was raised in Jamaica and no matter where I go in the world, I will always call this great country home. After all, I’m just a kid from Kingston that left with a dream and returned home a champion.
Simone4Children is breaking the poverty cycle. I ask you to join me on this journey, This is our legacy. This is our chance to make a difference. Together, we will make a difference in the lives of children in poverty.
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, the 6’4” former center is the first Jamaican player to be signed to the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
As a high school senior, Simone Edwards was offered a full scholarship to an American college – but only if she learned to play basketball. Frequently referred to as the “Jamaican Hurricane,” Simone was signed to the WNBA New York Liberty during the 1997 inaugural season, and also gained international prominence as a basketball star in Italy, Hungary, Israel, and Spain leading teams to championships including the Israeli Cup and the Spanish Copa de la Reina. In 2000, she signed with the Seattle Storm’s inaugural team, and founded Simone4Children Foundation to uplift and educate children in Jamaica, ultimately becoming a WNBA champion in 2004. After a six-year career with the Seattle Storm, Simone retired after a six-year career in 2006.
Simone was then selected to represent her home country as team captain on the Jamaica Basketball Women’s National Team, winning the country’s first-ever gold medal at the 2006 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship; and in 2014, she returned to the team as head coach, winning yet another gold medal at the championship.
Simone is a motivational speaker and the author of UNSTOPPABLE, a memoir of adversity, perseverance and triumph. In 2015, she starred in the award-winning documentary feature film Coming Back to the Hoop, coaching senior women to the Senior National Basketball Championship. Inspired by the bullying she endured from childhood to college, in 2015, she also launched The Anti-Bully Project as a champion in the fight against bullying worldwide, and most recently launched GIRLS UNTAPPED.
In 2017, the Jamaican government bestowed her with the Order of Distinction award for her outstanding contribution to Jamaica's Women National Basketball. Since 2017, Simone has been the National Spokeswoman for Caribbean American Heritage Month.
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