Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dallas Cowboys Running Back Gives Back

Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones,II,  an alumnus of the Salvation Army North Mabee Boys & Girls Club, gave $25,000 to the club recently as a matching grant to fund the Felix Jones ACT and College Preparatory Program for the next  two years. The gift kicked off a weekend of giving back to the North Tulsa community the athlete grew up in. The weekend was organized by Jones’s attorney, Damario Solomon Simmons, who represents Jones and his “Running Back to Make a Difference” foundation.  Solomon-Simmons is also a successful alumnus of the club, who club director Jo Bright designates as “Mabee Babies.” The gift is just part of the agreement with the foundation. Jones has also agreed to make a personal appearance to the students each program session and to help recruit celebrities to give motivational talks to program participants.  Other goals for the program are for the club to provide quarterly field trips to area colleges and scholarship information for program participants and their parents.  The gift was announced at a MVP Benefit the foundation held at former mayor Kathy Taylor’s home May 28. “I give back because it makes me happy to see the smiles on kids’ faces and also to thank the people who helped me when I was a kid,” Jones said.


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