KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - There is one thing that you can say about a Tony Jones basketball camp. It is full of energy and the kids will respond. "They were excited, energized all day. They love coach Jones and his camp claps, his stretching. They love it all," says Jones former player at UT Wayne Chism.
Former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl was a special guest speaker Friday afternoon, urging the participants to go from simply being good to being great. "I often times try to get them to work on what they are good at. They always focus on stuff they need to work on. And you can't be great at anything unless you're already good at it. So if you're a good shooter go and be a great shooter. Work on their strengths sometimes," Pearl says.
The camp has a bigger and more personal meaning to Coach Jones. It's named after his father, Sonny Jones, who was murdered 4 years ago. The money raised here goes to a scholarship fund that benefits a young man or woman who already is making a difference. "The foundation gives $5,000 to one kid each and every year who exhibits outstanding characteristics in community service," Jones informs. Keeping his father's memory alive and the good he did is truly the goal of this camp.