by: Kelly Strausbaugh, Patch Contributor • 10 September 2019
Freddie Figgers, of Figgers Communications, donates 20 computers to Sarasota Military Academy
Freddie Figgers, founder & CEO of Figgers Communications, donated 20 computers to cadets at Sarasota Military Academy, a local, public charter school. The donation comes as an extension of the Figgers Foundation August 2019 “Back-to-School” initiative, designed to help teachers provide for the needs of students in the classroom.
Figgers, a 29-year-old entrepreneur, donated the computers to Sarasota Military Academy to replace old, outdated models in the language arts classrooms. The computers were donated at a special presentation during the Academy’s morning formation on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
“Abandoned in a dumpster as an infant, Freddie was adopted by a loving couple who encouraged and supported his fascination with computers at an early age. Early tinkering nurtured a curiosity and love of technology that led to the creation of cloud computing services at age 15, and ultimately, to his development of four patents,” said SMA-MAJ Sylvia Gillotte, Sarasota Military Academy Language Arts Department Chair. “He is an incredibly inspiring person for our cadets to have the opportunity to learn from, and we are grateful for this donation to our Academy.”
In addition to the patents and cloud-computing service, Figgers is the youngest person to be granted an FCC license to operate a wireless service. His company, Figgers Communications, has a net worth of over $62 million, and is the only minority-owned telecommunications company that manufactures its own phones and sells talk, text and data plans.
To learn more about Figgers Communications or the donation of the computers to Sarasota Military Academy, contact SMA-MAJ Sylvia Gillotte at 941.926.1700 at ext. 231.
About Figgers Communications
Figgers Communications was founded in Quincy, Florida by Freddie Figgers, a young entrepreneur, inventor, computer programmer and software engineer, as well as the youngest person in history to hold an FCC license. Figgers Communications is the only minority-owned telecommunications firm in the United States that is competing with major networks like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. His company owns 4 utility patents and 2 design patents in the industry. For more details about Figgers Communications, visit http://www.Figgers.com
About Sarasota Military Academy
Founded in 2002, Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) is a public charter school, college preparatory academy and an accredited IB Diploma and Middle Years Programme (MYP) School with two campuses located in Sarasota, Florida. Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multi-cultural and globalized world. Sarasota Military Academy High School is located at 801 N. Orange Avenue and Sarasota Military Academy Prep Middle School, is located at 3101 Bethel Lane. To learn more about SMA, visit http://www.sarasotamilitaryacademy.org/.
PHOTO ID: Freddie Figgers, with computers donated to Sarasota Military Academy;