Tom Jones Court dedicated during annual alumni game

CFHS basketball court named to honor legendary coach and mentor at the annual basketball alumni game against Stow on Nov. 26.

Nate Vassalotti, Editor-in-chief

In the summer of 2015, beloved former girls high school basketball coach, Tom Jones, lost his long lasting battle with cancer.  Tom Jones was the varsity girls coach for the Tigers for 23 years, 15 of those he coached with kidney cancer.  He lead his team to the district finals a number of times, and in 1991 coached his team to the state finals.  After officially retiring from coaching girl’s basketball in 2006 due to declining health, nothing could keep him away from the game he loved.  He coached a number of his grandson’s travel teams, and even coached the Freshman boy’s team in 2013, the current Cuyahoga Falls senior class for boys basketball.

In November of 2015, former players of Coach Jones created the Jones Girls Alumni Association.  The goal of the association is to raise enough money to award a scholarship to a female basketball player who exemplifies astounding character on, and off the court, all while bringing former alumni of the beloved coach together to share memories.

On Saturday, Nov. 26, the 2nd annual Jones Girls Alumni game will take place at 6:00 pm at Cuyahoga Falls High School.  The Black Tiger Alumni will take on the Stow Bulldog Alumni.  Last year, $8,000 was raised for scholarship money.

Tom Jones was well respected and loved by the entire Cuyahoga Falls community.  He bled black and gold and never failed to put a smile on anyone in the community’s face. At halftime of the upcoming alumni game, there will be a special ceremony for the naming of the court.  Jennifer Abernathy, daughter and former player of Tom Jones, was asked on what it means to have the name of her father on the court.

“Proud.  Proud that I can say I was a Jones girl as well as his daughter.  It means a lot to be so close to a person who positively affected the lives of so many people,”  Abernathy said.

Tom Jones was truly a great man who lived a great life and loved nothing more than sharing his passion of basketball with others.