To continue the legacy of long-time Statesboro High School and Effingham High School coach and teacher, Jim “Slim” Simmons, the Simmons Strong Foundation has been formed.

Following Slim’s passing in March of 2021, after a heroic decade-long battle with cancer, friends, family members, and colleagues discussed how to best honor his years of leadership in the classroom and on the diamond.

Jim Simmons
Coach Jim Simmons Credit: Simmons Strong Foundation

The Simmons Strong Foundation will do exactly that, by providing scholarships to local student-athletes and financial support for families facing hardships due to cancer treatment/diagnosis.

“Jim was my Georgia Southern baseball teammate and life long friend” said Greg McMullen, Simmons Strong Foundation co-founder and board member. “Slimmy’s spirit, leadership, and courage impacted countless lives through his role as a respected teacher, valued colleague, dynamic coach, trusted teammate, caring friend and devoted family man. Jim was many things to many people and it is a privilege to be involved in the founding of the Simmons Strong Foundation to extend his legacy. The goal of the foundation is to make continuing positive contributions while remembering Coach Simmons as a man who made a real difference in his community. Please join us in supporting this great cause.”

People interested in learning more about the Simmons Strong Foundation or how to get directly involved should visit or email the foundation at