Aug. 17, 2008
The University of Tennessee Athletic Department hosted a special dedication ceremony for the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center on Saturday, Aug. 16.
The Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center gives Tennessee's swimming and diving programs one of the nation's finest facilities. Construction on the facility began in the fall of 2005 and was complete in April 2008. The facility is highlighted by an eight-lane 50-meter by 25-yard competition pool. A separate competition diving well is slated to feature five platforms with heights varying from one to ten meters. Other amenities include permanent seating for 1,800 spectators with a spacious deck area to accommodate up to 2,000 additional individuals, teams and other personnel comfortably during meets.
"This facility is without a doubt one of the premier swimming and diving facilities in the country. We can not express our gratitude to Allan and Janie enough for making this a reality for our student-athletes and generations of UT swimmers and divers to come," said Tennessee women's head coach Matt Kredich.
The Allan Jones Aquatic Center, located adjacent to the existing Student Aquatic Center, is a first-class complex capable of hosting the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championships, as well as national and international events. The location of the new aquatic center will give the Tennessee swimmers and divers the luxury of training at one of the few universities in the country that has three full-size 50-meter pools within 200 feet of each other.
"To have one complex that includes one outdoor 50-meter pool, an indoor 50-meter pool and the new 50-meter competition pool will, in our opinion, give Tennessee the leading aquatic facility in America," said Tennessee men's head coach John Trembley. "This in itself is spectacular. But the real measure is the amount of support the athletic department and the community are giving to Tennessee's swimming and diving programs."
The facility is named in honor of Allan Jones, who recently made a $4 million challenge gift as part of Tennessee's STEP UP Capital Campaign for athletic facilities.
W. Allan Jones, a native of Cleveland, TN, began working in his family's Credit Bureau business at the age of 20 while a student at MTSU. After nearly 25 years he sold the business, and in 1993, Jones established Check Into Cash, a payday advance company that now has more than 1270 locations in 32 states.
In addition to serving as Chairman and CEO of Check Into Cash, Inc., Jones is also Chairman of Jones Management Services, LLC, which provides management and administrative services to his many different businesses including The Village Green Town Center, The Bald Headed Bistro, Crescent H Guest Ranch in Jackson Hole, The Spot Restaurant and The Village Bake Shop. Pawn Shops of America and Buy Here Pay Here USA are the newest additions to Jones' family of companies. Another of his ventures, Jones Properties, LLC, owns numerous historic, commercial and residential buildings in downtown Cleveland.
Jones serves on a number of community boards and in several capacities with the University of Tennessee, both at Knoxville and Chattanooga. He was awarded the City of Cleveland's highest business honor, the M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise Award, given by the Chamber of Commerce. He was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2003.
FULMER'S CREATE Dave Parrington TENNESSEE DIVING SCHOLARSHIP
University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Phillip Fulmer and his wife Vicky announced the creation of the Dave Parrington Tennessee Diving Scholarship Saturday.
The $250,000 scholarship endowment was created as part of the Fulmer's $1 million donation to The Campaign for Tennessee last September. The Fulmer's gift represents one of the largest gifts by a coach and their family to their university. The gift, which will be split equally between academics and athletics, will be used to support scholarships, athletic facilities and programming.
"By making the donation in Dave Parrington's name, our goal was to honor Dave Parrington, and recognize all he has accomplished in the swimming/diving world, as well as to show our appreciation for the role he has played within our own family and the friendship we share with him. He is an incredible man who has made a tremendous impact on Brittany's life, as well as the lives of many young divers and student athletes," said Vicky Fulmer.
Phillip Fulmer has been affiliated with the university for more than 30 years - as a student-athlete, a coach and a parent of four UT students. His daughter Brittany was a member of the Lady Vol diving team and has been coached by Dave Parrington since she was eight years old.
"Creating this scholarship was our family's way of showing our appreciation for Dave and the role he has played in our family for the past 15 years. This endowment will ensure a scholarship for a Tennessee diver for years to come," said Phillip Fulmer.
The announcement was made during the University's official dedication of the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center Saturday night.
The dean of Southeastern Conference coaches, Fulmer has claimed a national championship, two conference titles and six divisional crowns while winning better than three-quarters of his games. He also retains his rank atop the winning percentage list for coaches with at least 10 years experience in Division I-A.
Phillip and Vicky have one son and three daughters. Phillip Jr., 38; Courtney, 25 who graduated from UT with a bachelor's degree in communications studies; Brittany, 23, who graduated from UT with a bachelor's degree in communications studies and was a member of the Lady Vol diving team; and Allison, 21, a senior on the Lady Vol softball team majoring in business.
The Campaign for Tennessee is a multiphase fundraising effort that will extend through 2011. This seven-year campaign, which launched its silent phase in 2005, will secure private gifts that, in turn, will contribute substantially to the distinct, but linked, campuses comprised by the University of Tennessee system. Funds raised through the campaign will directly support the objectives of UT's strategic plan, as outlined by UT President Dr. John Petersen. Among those objectives are improved student access and success, research and economic development, outreach and globalization.