A doctor in Oklahoma City, OK for over 25 years, William D. Jones MD specializes in occupational safety. Part of William D. Jones MD’s nonprofit involvement entails sponsoring baseball and softball teams operated by the Angels Foundation.
The Angels Foundation, founded in Oklahoma City in 2015, uses its funds to support local children playing sports or participating in athletic programs. Focusing on children from low-income families and or undergoing hardship in another form, the organization desires to pass on the many benefits of playing sports. Through these experiences, the children who receive the Angels Foundation’s assistance develop social skills and greater community exposure, increasing value as they grow up.
The Angels Foundation accepts donations from individuals and organizations and partners with like-minded businesses to spread awareness of its work. It accepts online donations and ones made during in-person events. Though it accepts donations of any size and funnels all funds toward its mission, its website explains that a minimum of $500 contributions generate benefits most efficiently.
Based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones MD has operated his office in the area for more than 20 years. Active in many local organizations, William D. Jones MD enjoys watching baseball for national teams and playing for and coaching local teams.
Baseball is the result of global influences and a history heavily shaped by individuals who wanted the honor of inventing it. Variants of baseball existed in England, and multiple American colonies, in the 18th century, so no one individual created the sport.
Consistently written records of baseball began to appear in America in 1750. However, it was mainly played by children and did not gain popularity until the 19th century, when gamblers began betting on the outcomes of games and players’ performance. Once gamblers monetized the sport for spectators, adults had a reason to watch, and become invested, in games.
In 1905, the British sportswriter Henry Chadwick, and baseball executive Albert Spalding, gathered a commission to find out who created baseball. After a three-year-long investigation, they found that Abner Doubleday had created it. However, further research uncovered that Spalding manipulated the commission by having people close to Doubleday fabricate documents recounting his inventing the sport in the following decades.
William D. Jones, MD, practices occupational and preventive medicine in Oklahoma City, OK. In his free time, William D. Jones, MD, of OK enjoys playing slow-pitch softball for both a men’s league and a co-ed league.
Just as they do for children, team sports offer adults physical, social, and mental benefits. Team sports challenge the athlete cognitively, as he or she must be aware of what is going on within the game at all times and often needs to make split-second decisions based on others’ actions during play. Because these decisions often involve quick communication with teammates, the process involves even more focus and is even more mentally challenging.
Responsibility to one’s team also encourages a player to become more disciplined and motivated to play at a high level. Accountability to others not only gives the athlete a goal to work toward, but also helps to keep him or her working past challenges. The interest in contributing toward that goal helps to keep the athlete, as well as the group, focused, an invaluable skill both on and off the field.
Meanwhile, the constantly changing activity level of team play means that the athlete gets a varied workout. Unlike individual exercise, in which the athlete typically works at the same level for extended periods of time before taking a break, the team athlete will run, jump, stop, throw, and catch in quick succession. This works different muscle groups and different levels while offering more challenges to the cardiovascular system.
William D. Jones, MD, has focused on occupational and preventive medicine at his own practice in Oklahoma City, OK, since 1996. A softball enthusiast, William D. Jones, MD, plays on two slow-pitch softball teams and has sponsored softball teams in OK for years.
While softball is, of course, very similar to baseball, the first softball game occurred as the result of a football game. The sport began when Yale and Harvard graduates gathered at the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago, Illinois, on Thanksgiving Day in 1887 to await the result of the annual Harvard vs. Yale football game.
Upon the announcement that Yale had won, an alumnus from Yale good-humoredly tossed a boxing glove at a Harvard grad, and the frustrated fan swung at the glove with a stick. The interaction provoked the crowd’s imagination, and a reporter for the Chicago Board of Trade, George Hancock, cried out, “Play ball!”
Hancock then used the glove’s strings to tie it up into a ball-like shape, marked lines on the floor with chalk, and found a broomstick handle with which to hit the “ball.” The first softball game took place that night, resulting in 80 runs. Hancock himself is credited with writing the first rulebook in 1889.
William D. Jones, MD, runs a private practice in Oklahoma City, OK, where he focuses on occupational and preventive medicine. William D. Jones, MD, earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in economics and French, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma, and a medical degree from Brown University. In addition to his service as a physician, Dr. Jones contributes to a variety of philanthropic programs, including the Angel’s Foundation by way of the SWAT Academy.
SWAT Academy is a softball and baseball training facility in Oklahoma City, OK. SWAT, which stands for Success with Attitude and Toughness, helps young athletes develop the skills and character necessary to succeed in sports and in life. As part of its efforts, SWAT Academy is affiliated with several charitable organizations. One such organization is the Angel’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to local children who otherwise would not be able to participate in team sports due to financial hardship. SWAT Academy members raise money for player scholarships through various fundraising events and activities, and they donate 100 percent of the profits to the foundation.
For more than two decades, William D. Jones, MD, has treated patients from his private occupational and preventive medicine practice in Oklahoma City, OK. William D. Jones, MD, serves his community in a number of additional ways. He sponsors several local softball and baseball teams and contributes through his relationship with SWAT Academy.
Located on 50th Street in Oklahoma City, OK, SWAT Academy prepares softball and baseball players for competition at the high school and college levels. The academy additionally focuses on the development of each player’s character and commitment to charitable giving. SWAT Academy achieves these goals, in part, by hiring only the most qualified and dedicated coaches.
Any individual interested in becoming a coach with SWAT Academy must first undergo a background screening process. Those who meet the academy’s standards of character must then achieve certification with the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national nonprofit that also emphasizes personal growth through athletic activities.
While the academy strives to develop well-rounded individuals, SWAT also values athletic skill. All SWAT coaches have either played or coached at a highly competitive level. This experience allows coaches to evaluate individual players and develop practice routines that both benefit their strengths and improve their weaknesses. For more information on current SWAT coaches or to learn about other aspects of the academy, visit www.swatrebels.com.