After years of giving to the schools and the community, one of Broken Bow’s own is being honored by his peers for his service.
Dennis “Rock” Jones has been selected as one of 10 Nebraska State Outstanding Service Award Winners by the Nebraska State Interscholastic Ath-letic Administrators Association (NSIAAA). Jones will be honored and awarded at the organization’s Spring Luncheon March 9, at the Champions Club across from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
There are expected to be approximately 300 activities directors, administrators, family members and guests attending the luncheon and awards banquet. Jones was nominated for the award by Broken Bow Athletic Director Ryan Hogue.
“I have been at Broken Bow for three years now and I can only count a couple of times that he has not been available when I needed him most,” said Hogue of Jones’ willingness to help out the school wherever and whenever he could.
Jones moved to Broken Bow in 1978, to follow a career in education. The very next year he got involved in coaching junior high football and 9th grade boys basketball. He coached football until 1997, when he retired after 25 years of coaching at Ainsworth and Broken Bow.
Jones coached basketball for 10 years during his tenure at Broken Bow. Along with coaching duties, he also videotaped almost every varsity event for Broken Bow activities. Jones taped all of the home football and basketball games until the school got newer equipment and students took over most of the taping.
When not taping, Jones was officiating basketball games, running the clock, or keeping the score book. After he quit taping football games, he became a spotter in the press box for all of the varsity home games - including the Playoffs. Broken Bow has always hosted at least six or seven track meets and one 15-team Cross Country event a year, and Jones was always there videotaping or helping at the finish lines for all of those meets. He still volunteers his time at the finish line to this day.
As the Media Specialist, Jones taped all the activity events in the Middle School events center. This included every musical, play production, speech event and National Honor Society initiation, as well as graduations and other events. This was a volunteer duty which meant giving up many of his evenings with no extra pay.
Jones would be in charge of showing these events live on channel 3 and then replay those events during the week for the public to view. For those in the community that didn’t have access to channel 3, he would often make copies of those events for patrons to watch on a video cassette player.
Jones also served as the President of our local Broken Bow Education Association. He was instrumental in getting the annual scholarship pancake feed going. The planning, setting up, and running of the event was always successful with his guidance. Even today Jones volunteers to help cook pancakes at this annual event.
“Rock is a perfect example of a ‘school volunteer’ by giving up his free time to help out the school - with no pay expected,” says Hogue.
Jones retired in 2003, and still has the heart to keep kids first in his life.
“Broken Bow is lucky to have such a great individual in their community, and Broken Bow Public Schools is lucky to have “Rock” as a volunteer,” Hogue adds.