Reporting Jessica Kartalija
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Oriole Adam Jones is a fan favorite. Now he is giving back to an organization that’s very close to his heart.
Jessica Kartalija reports the all-star is a star off the diamond, as well.
Adam Jones has a very special connection with the Boys & Girls Club.
The Orioles outfielder took things inside, breaking ground on a new technology and learning center at the Boys & Girls Club.
“This is going to be a new computer lab for them, a learning library area, a place for them to have educational activities and they’re excited about that,” said Ken Darden, Boys & Girls Club.
Jones, kids from the Brooklyn O’Malley Boys & Girls Club and the Orioles’ wives are the new tool players and hole hitters.
“It’s a great feeling any time you can help out kids and help to better their lives. It’s an amazing thing to do,” said Lindsay McClouth.
Tearing down walls and adding a fresh coat of paint in—what else?—Orioles orange.
“These kids are going to have the opportunity to have a nice new learning center and create opportunities,” Jones said.
“I really appreciate it because it means I get more time at the computer,” one child said.
For Jones, it was a family affair. His mother and girlfriend pitched in to help.
“My son grew up in the Boys & Girls Club. It was their safe haven and we had to work, Mom and Dad had to work so we had to do what we had to do,” said Jones’ mother, Andrea Bradley.
“Bringing everyone together, that’s what the Boys & Girls Club is all about,” Jones said.
The Orioles and Jones donated $75,000 toward the club’s renovation.
When the entire project is complete, Jones will be back for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Orioles also donated an Orioles autographed ping pong table to the Boys & Girls Club.