NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Members of the Titans organization from players to coaches are frequently involved in charity events.
Those functions are usually a dinner or a round of golf, but Titans center Ben Jones does things a little differently.
Friday, he hosted the 3rd annual celebrity clay shoot benefiting the Jones Mission.
Dozens of teammates, head coach Mike Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson were all on hand to support and shoot.
“I grew up on a farm in Alabama and I love hunting. I wanted something different to so my teammates would want to support and do something different, and now it’s hard to tell somebody, “no we’re kind of full with players, but you can show up later if you want.” So, guys are asking to come to this event, and it makes me excited because they want to learn more about me and where I grew up and a lot of the guys really enjoy this,” said Ben Jones.
Oftentimes in the NFL, players choose a charity to support because it’s something they feel drawn to. For Jones, he and his wife’s organization, the Jones Mission, is personal.
“At a young age, I lost my father at 10, and through that, we started a fund for kids who couldn’t get to youth sports. So, we actually had that and have been able to pay for them to come to sports and they usually ended up being on our team because they needed rides. So, seeing my mom, who was our coach, go through the rough areas of town, pick those kids up and the relationships we made through those kids. They’re my best friends today and all they needed was a little boost and I want to be able to help kids at a larger scale and have an impact on those kids lives,” said Jones.
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