Bradley Pride Youth Wrestling Coach Steve Logsdon accepts a financial contribution from the Allan Jones Foundation. Pictured with Logsdon is J. Bailey Jones, vice president of development and web marketing at Check Into Cash.
The Bradley Pride Youth Wrestling Club received a boost of support from the Allan Jones Foundation just in time for the holidays.
Steve Logsdon, head coach of Bradley Pride, announced that the youth club received a "substantial check of support."
"The Foundation has agreed to match annually what is raised for the club, up to a certain level, Coach Logsdon said. “This powerful matching donation demonstrates the commitment of the Allan Jones Foundation to helping our club grow so that Bradley and Cleveland will always have the top two wrestling programs in Tennessee.
The foundation supports both the Bradley and Cleveland kids’ clubs and always keeps its commitments to both.”
"Bradley Pride is a wrestling program that gives young wrestlers of all skill levels, grades kindergarten through eighth, a chance to learn the essentials of practice and competition. The goal of the program is to train and maintain the highest-quality athletes to help continue the finest wrestling program in Tennessee," officials said. "Coach Logsdon is regarded as greatest high school wrestling coach in Tennessee history and has been honored by the Foundation in previous years for an epic winning streak that will never be beaten."
From 1994-2010, the Bradley Central High School wrestling team under Coach Logsdon posted a Home Dual meet record of 128-0. During that streak, the Bears captured 12 State Duals titles and 10 Traditional State titles.
As head coach at Bradley Central from 1992 to 2004 and then again from 2007 to 2011 (18 seasons), Coach Logsdon’s teams celebrated 20 team state championships. During the course of his entire coaching career, his record was 382 wins and 26 losses.
“We are proud to support Bradley Pride and Coach Logsdon, who knows how to win consistently year after and to teach young athletes how to go from good to great,” said Bailey Jones, vice president of development and web marketing at Check Into Cash. “Coach Logsdon is the best there has ever been – you can’t argue with 128 wins and zero losses.”
Typical practices for the Coach Logsdon team will consist of two-three times a week for one-hour sessions and five to six tournament opportunities.
"The Bradley Kid's Club experience provides an excellent youth level competitions while providing basic wrestling skills that enable them to become successful at the middle and high school level," officials said.
Coach Logsdon offered a special thanks to the Foundation and to the Jones companies like Check Into Cash that have supported the club through the years.
“Allan Jones stated many times that youth wrestling clubs are important because the wrestlers develop a love for the sport and build a strong work ethic that will carry them through life,” Coach Logsdon said. “He also appreciates that we strive to teach young athletes moral character and good sportsmanship. Winning starts at this level.”
Mr. Jones agreed with Coach Logsdon.
“If there is a state championship won in wrestling, we want it to be one of our three schools – and it all starts with the Kids Club,” said Mr. Jones.