About The Outdoor Dream Foundation
IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS RADIO...
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To understand the beginning of Outdoor Dream Foundation, you have to know about Radio.
Back in 1964, Radio, an 18-year-old boy from Anderson, S.C., is wandering around town and struggling through life as a mentally-challenged young man. When Coach Harold Jones of T.L. Hanna High School notices Radio and begins to include him in the high school football program, everything changes – for Radio, for the students, for the staff, and for the community.
For more than four decades, Coach Jones kept Radio under his wing. And the power of this relationship lives on today in the Outdoor Dream Foundation – a non-profit started in 2004 by Jones, and dedicated to caring for children with terminal illnesses.
Today, the mission and culture of the Outdoor Dream Foundation is nurtured and guided by Coach Harold Jones, his son, Brad Jones, and a host of other like-minded individuals who respond to human need at a fundamental level. The Outdoor Dream Foundation mission is to connect with children who are facing some of life’s biggest challenges, using the power of outdoor experiences and adults who are willing to reach out and fully embrace the reality of the child’s world – to meet them where they are.
This difficult and meaningful work is supported by a board of directors who share the passion of this mission, along side hundreds of volunteers who provide their guidance, their hearts, their time, and their wallets, as well as generous corporate sponsors, and so many individual donors.
The impact the Outdoor Dream Foundation has on these young lives is immeasurable. The stories of difficult challenges and meaningful connections will touch your heart.
This work is never-ending and we are deeply grateful for the privilege of sharing our time, our hearts, and our lives with our Dream Kids.
The story of Radio and Coach Jones has been well-documented. It first appeared as a story in Sports Illustrated in 1996, in an article by Gary Smith titled, “Someone to Lean On.”
And a full-length movie was produced from that story in 2003, titled “Radio”. It starred Ed Harris as Coach Harold Jones, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Radio, and Debra Winger as Linda Jones.