Jones Foundation provides the rides for Bradley, Cleveland wrestlers

By BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Posted 2/3/17

There is no questioning the success of the two area wrestling programs.

However, their modes of transportation are a different subject.

Both the Cleveland High and Bradley Central High School …

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Jones Foundation provides the rides for Bradley, Cleveland wrestlers

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There is no questioning the success of the two area wrestling programs.

However, their modes of transportation are a different subject.

Both the Cleveland High and Bradley Central High School teams have experienced some problems with their rides to the state championship over the past few years.

That problem was solved this week, when the Jones Foundation and Check Into Cash provided luxury motor coaches for both teams to ride to their championship rounds.

“Wrestling and athletics teach leadership and strong character, and Check Into Cash is pleased to support these two greats teams as well as Walker Valley,” said Steve Scoggins, president of Check Into Cash.

"Cleveland is Check Into Cash's hometown, and we have a long history of supporting young athletes in all sports, including football, baseball and cheerleading.”

Scoggins said athletics have proven to greatly benefit students by helping build self-esteem and enhancing physical fitness while promoting social interaction, teamwork, and community pride.

“This is going to be a tremendous help and a tremendous relief,” said BCHS coach Ben Smith. “The past three years there or on the way back we had numerous bus issues. So you always try to build extra time to factor in mechanical issues, flat tire etc.”

“The past few times to Franklin, we had fuel-filter issues twice, as well as other problems. As a coach, this bus donation is great because we have the peace of mind of traveling with the most precious cargo there is – children. This is already the most stressful time of year and by taking one thing off a coaches shoulder (transportation) it really makes a big difference.”

“This makes everything convenient for us. It allows all of us to stay together,” said Cleveland coach Josh Bosken. “Typically we only take the varsity kids, but Allan donated a bus large enough to take the majority of our team. Sometimes the non-varsity athletes are not in the spotlight as much as varsity. Now we say can say a thank you to them by allowing them to come with us, thanks to Allan Jones and Check Into Cash.”

“Safety helps the coaches and the bus makes everything safer because we are all together. We know where all the kids are at all the time. And as another bonus the kids can ride in style and comfort,” Bosken added. “Allan has always been a great supporter of wrestling, and he has a real passion for the sport and what it does to build character in young athletes.”

“Unlike football, basketball and baseball, wrestling is an individual achievement sport. Two wrestlers take to the mat and only one walks off the victor,” said Jones. “It takes determination, discipline and character to come out ahead in wrestling. I have seen it first hand as a driving force in building character and discipline in my former classmates who are doctors, entrepreneurs and government leaders today.”

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