The Hayden Tigers Booster Club has announced the creation of a new scholarship fund at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation in honor and memory of Coach Chad Jones. The scholarship will be awarded each year, beginning in 2020, to a graduating senior from Hayden who, like Chad Jones, exemplifies the characteristics of self improvement, a positive attitude, leadership, resilience and mental toughness. The fund was established with donations that have been collected by the Hayden Tigers Booster Club over the past two years. The Hayden Tigers Booster Club – Coach Chad Jones Memorial Scholarship was created to honor Chad’s life and legacy, and the enormous impact he had on the students he coached as well as the entire Hayden community.

Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:
-Graduating Senior from Hayden High School
-Student Athlete who is nominated by a member of the coaching staff of any Hayden High School competitive sports team
-Accepted to and attending a college, university or trade school
-Exemplifies the characteristics of self improvement, a positive attitude, leadership, resilience and mental toughness

Chad Jones graduated from Hayden High School in 1997 and won a State wrestling title in the 171-pound class that same year. Shortly after high school, he started coaching youth wrestling and peewee football.

“He touched a lot of people’s lives in a very positive way, both young and old,” said Nick Planansky, who worked under Chad as an assistant coach for the Hayden High School wrestling team. “He loved his coaching. He was there night and day for the kids, and anytime anybody needed anything, he was there for them.”

According to former Hayden wrestling coach and former athletic director Ty Zabel, “Chad was all about the kids, always. He would help them out if they were having trouble with their school work, and he always had their backs.”

Chad loved getting outdoors, normally with a fishing rod, whenever possible. He also loved being part of the Hayden community.

Chad loved his children fiercely. He was always there to lend a helping hand, and to celebrate milestones in the lives of all of his family. “He was one of the best humans I have ever known, and he is missed greatly,” shares Margie Jones, Chad’s sister.

Chad is survived by his two children, PiperJo and Saben Jones, his father Michael Jones, and his siblings, Dustin and Margie.

“Make it a Great Day” – this was Chad Jones’ motto and how he lived his life. The Hayden Tigers Booster Club – Coach Chad Jones Memorial Scholarship will carry this motto and Chad’s legacy forward for years to come.

For more information, to donate to the scholarship fund, or to apply, visit the Hayden Tigers Booster Club – Coach Chad Jones Memorial Scholarship page.