The Bradley Pride Youth Wrestling Club received a major boost of support from the Allan Jones Foundation, just in time for Christmas.
Steve Logsdon, head coach of Bradley Pride, announced that the youth club received a substantial donation. The Foundation annually matches what is raised for the club to a certain level.
“This matching donation demonstrates the commitment of the Allan Jones Foundation to helping our club grow so that Bradley and Cleveland will always have the top two wrestling programs in Tennessee,” said Logsdon. “The foundation supports both the Bradley and Cleveland kids’ clubs and always keeps its commitments to both.”
Bradley Pride is a wrestling program that gives young wrestlers of all skill levels, in grades K through eight, a chance to learn the essentials of practice and competition. The goal of the program is to train and maintain the highest-quality athletes to help continue the finest wrestling program in Tennessee.
Logsdon’s club currently has around 50 athletes on its roster.
Logsdon is widely regarded as the greatest high school wrestling coach in Tennessee history. As head coach at Bradley Central from 1992 to 2004 and then again from 2007 to 2011 (18 seasons), his teams celebrated 20 team state championships. During the course of his entire coaching career, Logsdon’s coaching record was 382 wins and 26 losses.
“Coach Logsdon had four undefeated seasons and seven seasons with only one loss,” said J. Bailey Jones, vice president at Check Into Cash and a representative of the Foundation. “We are proud to partner with a coach who knows how to win consistently year after. He is the best there has ever been – anywhere.”
Jones said, “You can’t argue with a 17-year unbeaten streak at home, which was 128 wins and zero losses.”
Typical practices for the Logsdon team will consist of two to three times a week for one-hour sessions and five to six tournament opportunities. The Bradley Kid's Club experience provides an excellent youth level competitions while providing basic wrestling skills that enable them to become successful at the middle and high school level.
“Our goal through the donation to Bradley Pride, along with the club’s own fundraising efforts, is to make it one of the highest-funded kids clubs in the country,” said Jones. “We give the club the challenge to raise money on their own and we are always ready to double what they raise.”
Coach Logsdon offered a special thanks to the Foundation and to the Jones companies like Check Into Cash that have supported the club through the years.
“Allan Jones has said many times that youth wrestling clubs are important because the wrestlers develop a love for the sport and build a strong work ethic that will carry them through life,” Logsdon said. “He also appreciates that we strive to teach young athletes moral character and good sportsmanship. Winning starts at this level.”
J. Bailey Jones agreed with Logsdon.
“If there is a state championship won in wrestling, we want it to be one of our three schools – and it all starts with the Kids Club,” he said.