NFL Legend Brian Jones working to improve hometown Boys and Girls Club with help from NFL Foundation Grant

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Tabitha A. Basuseto

August 3, 2018

NEW YORK -- Every Saturday in the fall, you can find NFL Legend  Brian Jones, on the CBS Sports Network, analyzing the week’s college football matchups. But Jones, who played in six NFL seasons, has another project that he’s just as passionate about. The refurbishment of the Ted Phea Boys and Girls Club in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

Jones recently received a grant from the NFL Foundation Social Justice Matching Grant program to raise awareness and upgrade the facility.

“My goal is to make sure that Ted Phea Club is a place where kids want to go. It needs to be clean and have certain standards that bring a good image and an aesthetically-pleasing environment to the members,” Jones said.

Jones, who was once a part of the boys-only club while growing up, plans to upgrade the center by purchasing new furniture and television, painting the inside and outside walls of the center and installing new flooring.

The NFL Foundation is supporting many current and former player’s philanthropic efforts in the social justice arena with a new grant program, launched in late 2017, that matches player’s contributions to nonprofit organizations focused on breaking down barriers and increasing access to underserved and vulnerable communities. For the past 15 years, Jones served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin.

During his 15 years of service on the Board, Jones and his team raised more than $1 million for Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the Austin area.

This May, Jones officially stepped down from the Board in Austin to focus more of his time, attention and resources to the Ted Phea Club.

 “A lot of the things that were successful in Austin, we are hoping to transfer to Lubbock,” Jones said.

The Ted Phea Club offers after school programs during the school year that provide kids with hot meals, homework assistance and various arts and crafts, athletic activities. Throughout the summer, the Club also offers swimming lessons and field trips. Its mission is to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Jones has had a lifelong relationship with the Ted Phea Club which started when a friend’s mother bought him his first membership.

“I think the membership fee was about $2 to $3 way back then. It impacted me in such a positive way because it gave me a safe place to go after school where I can be a kid, watch television and eat,” Jones said. “It was also where I honed my athletic spirit because I participated in every sport that they offered there.”

Jones also said that Ted Phea Club was where he learned the discipline that has contributed to his success.

“Our director Mr. Theodore Phea, who the club was named after, was a strict disciplinarian. It was great that he taught me how to be disciplined and that there are rules to follow. I will forever be indebted to the Club for providing me a safe haven.”