MINNEAPOLIS—Adam Jones is involved in numerous charitable endeavors in the Baltimore area. Perhaps the one he’s most identified with is the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Jones has helped refurbish three Baltimore Boys and Girls Clubs, and he’s now featured in a public service announcement celebrating the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Major League Baseball and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Watch here.
“I think when they first brought it to me, it was quite surprising due to the fact that there’s a lot of players around major league baseball who do a lot of good work with the Boys and Girls Club. I think it’s quite humbling, the fact that I grew up in it, me and my brothers and cousins, and then over the last eight years I’ve been able to give back to the Boys and Girls Club in Baltimore and now San Diego. So, I think it’s a pretty good partnership and I think it’s a relationship that started when I was four or five and has continued into my 30s,” Jones said.
He’s often spoken about the important role the clubs played in his life as a boy in San Diego.
“I’m just trying to help where you can help and what I’ve been able to accomplish between the lines and on the field has been able to catapult a lot of the attention and notoriety. So, I just think it’s a good partnership. I never go into things trying to get notoriety for it. I just go into it trying to be that guiding light and try to help out kids and help out communities. This is a good partnership and I think that going forward we should be able to do a lot more, not just for the city of Baltimore but for the city of San Diego,” Jones said.
Jones visits the clubs to underscore his involvement.
“I think the kids understand that it’s me in the flesh rather than me as a checkbook or anything like that. When they see me, I tell them, ‘Talk to me like I’m one of your friends. Don’t put me on any sort of a pedestal. Come and talk to me. I’m human. I’m going to show up in sweats and some Jordans like all of you look.’ I’m there as an innocent bystander, just trying to give back, but in the physical form. I know tons of people who do it financially and I think that’s great also, but I think doing it in the physical form, the kids – not just the kids, but the community, the parents – they get to embrace you and see you for who you really are,” Jones said.