1000 Wins: Great Futures Spring Luncheon
Join us for a delicious lunch and meet some of our Great Kids, including Ms. Melanie Webster our 2016 Youth of the Year. Keynote speakers include UT Woman's Head Basketball coach Karen Aston, UT Women's Athletic Director Chris Plonsky and Longhorn standout and Basketball Hall of Former Jody Conradt. This exciting panel will be moderated by CBS Sports broadcaster and BGCAA Supporter, Brian Jones.
Our special guests:
Karen Aston, UT Women’s Basketball Head Coach—The UT Women’s Basketball Team has a current record of 20-1 and is ranked 6th in the most recent Associated Press National Poll.
Christine “Chris” Plonsky, UT Women’s Athletic Director—Chris has served as UT’s third women's athletics director since spring 2001. Since 1993, she has had responsibilities in marketing, communications, revenue generation and brand stewardship for Texas men's and women's athletics. The Longhorns' 11-sport women's program provides competitive and educational opportunities for more than 200 women student-athletes, including walk-ons.
Jody Conradt, former UT Women’s Basketball Head Coach—
As only the second woman ever inducted into the Springfield, Mass. Naismith
Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, Conradt is known as a pioneer, but
also a durable, dynamic and ethical leader who gave credibility to her sport
during 31 years as head coach with the Longhorns. Especially at Texas, Conradt showcased her female student-athletes, their speed and athleticism in a fast-breaking, run-and-shoot attack that lifted her players above the rim. With a full-out style that was unprecedented and unmatched during its time, Conradt led the 1985-86 Longhorns to a 34-0 record and national championship, the NCAA’s first perfect season in the sport. In 38 years as a collegiate head coach, Conradt’s players won 900 games. More important 99 percent of them graduated.
Brian “B.J.” Jones was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and grew up in Lubbock, Texas. It was at the Lubbock Boys & Girls Clubs where Brian found support and guidance during his formative years. Brian graduated from the University of Texas, and made Austin his permanent home in 2000. The former Longhorn and NFL Linebacker, currently serves as college football analyst for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, and is co-host of the "Gio and Jones" morning show on CBS Sports Radio Network. When he was in Austin, Jones hosted a daily radio show on Sports Radio 1300-AM The Zone, served as the Longhorn Sports Network's sideline reporter for all UT football games and hosted Longhorn Sports Center with Mack Brown and Rick Barnes. He also spent two years with Fox Sports Southwest. Brian has been working with youth all of his life. He speaks to children at schools and various speaking engagements throughout Texas and the U.S. As a product of Boys & Girls Clubs, it is important to Brian to be of service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. He joined the Board of Directors in 2004, and is the host of the Annual Brian Jones Golf Classic, which benefits the Club. Brian’s message is simple, “I want kids to know that it doesn’t matter where they come from or where they start out in life. The important thing is where they finish.” Brian currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Gladys.
We are Austin’s leading youth development agency – a 501(c)(3) non-profit, locally governed agency devoted to providing hope and opportunity to all kids, especially those who need us most, between the ages of 6 and 18. With 25 Clubs here in Austin, we help over 12,000 kids each year (and over 1,700 each day) grow into healthy responsible, caring young adults.
For more information or help registering your table guests, please contact Courtney Billingsley at 512-998-0978 or Courtney.Billingsley@bgcaustin.org .