ORLANDO — A state-of-the-art video board will make its debut at the Jones High School athletics complex this evening thanks to McCoy Federal Credit Union, Florida Citrus Sports and Florida Blue, which teamed up to replace the existing scoreboard on campus over the course of the 2023 fall season.
“We’re so appreciative of this generous contribution as part of an ongoing effort to modernize our on-campus athletics facilities,” Jones principal Orlando Norwood said. “We can’t wait to see the new technology in action as our quest for a state football championship continues and our winter sports season begins.”
The new HD screen, designed by Anthony James Partners, sits at the north end of the Tigers’ facility, which is also utilized for soccer, lacrosse, flag football and track, plus Pop Warner Super Bowl round-robin play and other events throughout the year.
“We’re proud to support Jones High School and a generation of student-athletes through investments in facilities upgrades at Booker T. Reddick Field,” said McCoy Federal Credit Union CEO Alvin Cowans, an all-SEC defensive back at the University of Florida in the 1970s. “It’s an honor to be part of an incredible team striving to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy in The Communities of West Lakes.”
The board stands nearly 30 feet tall with a video screen measuring 10 feet, 11 inches tall by 19 feet, 9 inches wide. Reddick Field was named in 1990 for the Tigers’ longtime head coach, who served 28 years at the school and secured college scholarships for more than 300 students.
“Florida Blue is a longtime supporter of projects throughout the Communities of West Lakes, and we’re always searching for opportunities to enrich the lives of students living near Camping World Stadium,” said Tony Jenkins, Florida Blue’s market president in Central Florida.
“It’s an honor to play a role in bringing this amazing vision to life at Jones as we look ahead to an exciting week of Florida Blue Florida Classic events later this month.”
A special ceremony with representatives from OCPS, McCoy Federal Credit Union, Florida Blue and Florida Citrus Sports will occur at 6 p.m. Friday. The scoreboard dedication will kick off Jones’ senior night celebration before the Tigers’ regular-season finale against Orange County rival Dr. Phillips.
“We thank Florida Citrus Sports and its partners, Florida Blue and McCoy Credit Union, for supporting our students,” said OCPS District 5 School Board Member Vicki-Elaine Felder, who will attend the dedication. “The new scoreboard is a great addition to our athletics program at Jones High School, and our TV and film production students will gain valuable experience operating this state-of-the-art equipment.”