Kenneth “KC” Jones is “in it for the kids” at the Western Communities Football League. Jones is currently serving his third year as president of the WCFL Board of Directors. He has spent eight years on the board, as well as a coach for several seasons.
Jones believes strongly that the WCFL makes a difference in kids’ lives. “We realize we impact the lives of these kids,” he said. “Football teaches discipline, teamwork, respect and gives kids an alternative to other negative influences out there. For some kids, this is the only discipline and structure they have in their lives.”
Jones knows what he is talking about, after serving 27 years with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, retiring as a lieutenant. During his years with the PBSO, he worked in SWAT, in narcotics, as a field training officer and as a detective. “I saw the crime and trouble kids can be tempted by. The WCFL gives kids an alternative and skill-building opportunities to help them be productive citizens in our community,” he said.
For Jones, one the most exciting parts of the WCFL is seeing the kids grow through their youth years, and then play football in high school.
Fellow WCFL board members praise Jones for his commitment and leadership.
“KC has a level head and calmness about him that has helped the board navigate through some challenging situations,” Board Member Ray Mooney said. “KC’s professional PBSO experiences have finely tuned his conflict management skill, which greatly benefits the WCFL. He always stresses that it’s all about the kids, and he helps us make decisions keeping the kids in the league as the priority.”
WCFL Vice President Marc Basis agrees. “They say you need pressure to make diamonds, and no one handles pressure like KC,” Basis said. “He has steered our program to high levels and continues to help our football program grow.”
While most WCFL board members have kids in the program and serve to help the league and spend more time with their children, Jones hasn’t had a kid in the league for two years, yet he continues to serve on the board.
Jones has been a Wellington resident since 1996. He believes the WCFL is one of the finest football programs in South Florida.
“Our facilities, training, coaching and strong belief in what we do separates us from other programs,” he said. “We are fortunate to have the facilities that the Village of Wellington provides for us. Many other programs’ main priority is about winning while our priority is the growth of kids and making certain every kid gets a chance to play.
The WCFL is a certified USA Football Heads Up league. USA Football is the national governing body for amateur American football in the United States. USA Football has worked with leaders in both medicine and sport across the country to create a full-featured program that any league or school can use to address key safety issues and ensure that every coach understands and knows how to implement each component of the program.
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