Mark Hume, the National Correspondent to the Globe and Mail wrote the following about our next inductee who is entering the Hall as a Builder in the sport of rugby: "To thrive, a sport needs dedicated players; it needs skilled coaches; it needs supportive parents. But it also needs to have someone like George Jones, someone to remind everyone that while winning is important, playing for the sheer love of the game is more important. Individuals like that are all too rare in any sport - and when found, they should be treasured."
George has been involved in rugby all his life and his accomplishments are amazing. As a young man he played both Club and Representative Rugby, and over the years he served as a Captain for 11 different clubs in 4 different provinces. With his playing days behind him, George dove into coaching, administration, fundraising and building, and in the past 40 years he has left a formidable legacy.
George gave thousands of hours both in volunteer positions and through pro bono legal assistance to various clubs and teams in Eastern Canada and locally, including the Vancouver Island Rugby Union, the Crimson Tide, the UVIC Tour of Ireland, Shamrocks Lacrosse, the Junior "A" Cougars, Victoria Athletic Boxing Commission, James Bay Athletic Association and the Velox Valhallians.
George always understood how to enable his visions and bring people together to make a dream a reality . He was a Founding member of the University Heights Athletic Association, Rugby Canada Men's and Women's Players Associations, the Commonwealth Games Society, the National Sports Committee and the Braefoot Athletic Association among others.
Ray Parks, Director of the Braefoot Community Association, recently stated "Mr. Jones demonstrated great vision and courage by personally committing funds to build the Braefoot facility, followed by approximately two decades of service at the board level, delivering a variety of opportunities to young people in the region. His contribution is enormous as thousands of our youth have benefited from the facility and the many scholarships and programs he helped create. George Jones is a true leader and visionary with passion and commitment."
One of George's stellar achievements was as a founder of the Rugby Canada Foundation as he found a donor who launched the Foundation through a million dollar donation. The Foundation continues to grow and is now funding rugby grants throughout the country. Within the Foundation there is a George F. Jones Scholarship that is designed to help those who may not have a chance for rugby success without some financial assistance. The award is offered country wide, reflecting both George's travels across the country, and his belief that the Foundation is about serving Canadian Rugby, coast to coast. George's award is given to a person with tremendous potential to positively influence the direction of rugby in the future. He believes that rugby is a great sport for all Canadians no matter where they are from or what their background.
Over all these years of unflagging dedication, George has had a profound impact on Victoria's sports scene. In fact you would be hard pressed to find a kid in the last twenty years, in any sport in the Greater Victoria region, that has not benefited from George's vision, money, time, talent and knowledge.
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