The Jones family of Milton, in honor of their 19-year-old son who passed away suddenly in September, is creating a memorial scholarship in his name and a coinciding fundraising event this month.
Evan Jones was found dead in his dorm room at University of Massachusetts – Amherst Sept. 7. His family is hosting, “Exercise for Evan” between 1 and 4:30 p.m. at Brooks Field, Saturday, Oct. 12.
The scholarship will be awarded next spring to a graduating senior at Milton High School.
The Jones family has close ties to the Milton schools: Evan was a 2012 graduate of MHS, his sister, Ally, is a senior there, his mother, Kristan Bagley Jones, is a School Committee Member, and his father, Don Jones, is a former Trustee of the Milton Foundation for Education.
As a multi-sport sport athlete, Evan loved nothing more than being out on the court or field with his friends. After being diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 15, Evan became zealous about health and fitness, amusing his friends and family with his workout routines and protein shakes. The family felt a day of fitness and fun would be the perfect way to honor Evan and raise money for a scholarship in his name. According to Bagley Jones, the event is a celebration of all that Evan loved.
“Evan found such joy in sports of all kinds,” she said in an emailed statement about the event. “He also had such a great sense of humor and would have loved the games, especially the dunking booth and dodge ball. We are so grateful to everyone for coming together to do this for Evan.”
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In the event of rain, the fundraiser will be moved to the Copeland Field House. Admission is $20 per person, $5 for children 10 and under.