Jones Receives Polly Sweeten Award

James Jones (Steve Musco photo)
James Jones (Steve Musco photo)

Honored For Community Service

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – James Jones has led Yale to considerable success on the court as the Joel E. Smilow Head Coach of the Bulldogs. He also has been very generous with his time in the New Haven community. On Monday he was presented with the Polly Sweeten Excellence in Sports Award at the 11th Annual Farnam Community Sports Celebrity Breakfast held at Seasons.

During his two decades as the head coach, Jones has run numerous basketball clinics for New Haven children and each summer hosts the James Jones Bulldog Basketball Camp. In 2002 he was the recipient of the President's Award from the Greater New Haven NAACP at its 85th Freedom Fund dinner.

The Polly Sweeten Award is named for the former Farnam Neighborhood House Board of Directors member. Past winners include WTNH anchor Ann Nyberg, legendary Wilbur Cross boys' basketball coach Bob Saulsbury and former Yale assistant football and baseball coach Sam Burrell.

The Farnam Community has been a staple in the area since 1909, giving kids of all ages the tools they need to grow and thrive well into adulthood. Beneath the Farnam Community umbrella are the Farnam Center, located in New Haven Conn., and Camp Farnam in Durham, Conn.

The Farnam Mission: To play a leadership role in helping the community be cohesive, successful and productive.

At the Farnam Center (formerly Farnam Neighborhood House), parents will find a robust and nurturing preschool and aftercare program. Older kids benefit from a range of athletic and enrichment programs, games and activities, as well as a teen leadership program designed to help shape tomorrow's leaders. All in a safe, encouraging environment.

Camp Farnam, located on 72 wooded acres, gives New Haven kids ages 5-12 a summer to remember – days filled with sunshine, swimming, sports, hiking, and field events. The facility includes a pavilion for arts & crafts, science, and nature study.

These programs equip New Haven kids with the strength and confidence they need to make good choices and rise to the challenges that lie ahead.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity