In the midst of a tough economy, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. was seeking ways to promote some uplifting news during difficult times that directly affected our local communities. O.C. Jones, a heavy construction firm and leading builder of athletic fields, found the perfect opportunity to help underserved communities and neighborhoods by sponsoring the TLC for Kids Sports program. Through the program, O.C. Jones partnered with KNBR 680AM Radio to hold a special contest. The winner would receive much-needed Tender Loving Care for their youth sports field or park. Now, thousands of children are playing on safer and modern fields.
Founded in 2009, the TLC for Kids Sports program, sponsored by O.C. Jones, is a non-profit corporation focused on community outreach. Our aim is to improve kids' sports throughout Northern California…one field at a time. O.C. Jones will take the lead from the start of construction until the Grand Opening Ceremony, along the way reaching out to local sponsors, donors and volunteers to exemplify a true community project.
Our vision is for every child involved in youth sports to play on a safe field that is also accessible for the physically challenged.
Our mission is to seek out neighborhoods where fields and parks need some strong attention and rebuild as many of them as we can.
Recent winners include Eastridge Little League in San Jose, Antioch Little League in Antioch, and Tahoe Tallac Little League in West Sacramento. We are pleased to announce that more contests are already underway.
“On behalf of the people of California’s tenth congressional district, I am proud to commend the presence and philanthropy of O.C. Jones & Sons and its CEO, Kelly Kolander, who, even in tough economic times, continue to support communities in need. Their non-profit community-based organization, TLC for Kids Sports, mobilizes O.C. Jones & Sons’ contracting and financial expertise to help build and restore safe, accessible sports fields for the youth in our communities. The fields built and restored by TLC for Kids Sports are places where our youth learn sportsmanship, hard work, and confidence, empowering them with the life skills to help build their futures. I am confident the efforts and assistance of O.C. Jones & Sons and TLC for Kids Sports, will continue to improve our communities, and the future for our youth.” - Congressman John Garamendi, California 10th District
- Certificate of Congressional Recognition for the TLC for Kids Sports organization for their commitment to improving community youth sports fields (2011)
- National PRIDE Award - Community Relations Category, American Road and Transportation Builders Association – Transportation Development Foundation (2010, 2011, 2013)
- Structures Awards - Community Impact First Runner-up, San Jose Silicon Valley Business Journal (2010)
- Commendation to TLC for Kids Sports, County of Santa Clara (2010)