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T&T national football captain
and striker Kenwyne Joel Jones, 30,
believes that the time has reached
for finding ways and means to reach
out to the youths of T&T, in an
attempt to bring a grip on the esca-
lating crime and violence. Jones
cousins---Deshon Sobers, 21, and her
cousin Trevon, 24, were killed last
month, on October 23 after her for-
mer boyfriend allegedly went on a
shooting rampage at their home in
Chaguanas. His uncle, Glenford
Sobers, 73, was critically injured
during the incident.
On November 1, Jones, who is also
a striker for Cardiff City Football
Club, Wales, United Kingdom paid
tribute to his cousins by removing
his football T-shirt after scoring
Cardiff s third goal in the 3-1 win
against Leeds United. Under the foot-
ball T-shirt was a white jersey bearing
the markings, in red: "RIP Deshon
and Chibbi (Trevon s nickname)."
That game was played on the same
day they were buried.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian,
Jones said people in T&T needs to
make a concerted effort in trying to
come up in ways and means to catch
the attention of the youths and shift
their focus from the way of crime to
the way of positivity.
Kenwyne Jones celebrates after scoring his third goal. He also paid tribute to his
cousins who were killed last month.
Jones pays tribute to his slain cousins
"To be really honest the situation is
very unfortunate and I d like to send my
love out to my family. Crime is a major
factor. It does affect the country but of
course like everyone else when it hits home
it seems to be a little more serious."
"It is easy for the youths to settle and
say this is what I am born in and this is
what I see everyday, so I am going to be
a statistic. But, no! We need to try to find
the ways and means to get them away
from that thinking."
Facing such a tragedy, Jones has become
more determined and motivated in focus-
ing his attention to helping the youths of
In so doing, he has launched his latest
initiative---"Kenwyne 3.0." Jones was born
in Point Fortin, spent most of his early
childhood in La Brea before moving to
Chaguanas. He is the third of eight children
for his parents.
"It is me coming out there because I
do like to help people in whichever way
that I possibly can. I am not saying it has
to be monetary. Sometimes, some people
just need a little bit of words of advice.
I want to be open to the wider public and
I think me being myself and knowing
where I have come from, the path that I
took to get to this point to wherever I am
going to end up it is necessary for me to
"I have been in the group of youngsters
trying to fight for the same dream and
was blessed enough to be one out of the
many that made it, one of the many that
actually made the dream a reality.
"I have had help along the way where
my football roots come from, schooling,
teachers and of course the coaches that
push you to work at the highest level and
them and hopefully I would be able to
motivate some to going after their dream."
Jones is currently planning a Christmas
event next month for children of Point
Fortin, who are in dire need of that support
and in dire need for that "family feel."
"A lot of them don t have it and they
need to feel like any other regular child,
so hopefully, we can get a few people
on board and try to make the event an
annual juncture. We are going to use
this medium as well to try and bring
a bit of positivity to the youths."
With just a few years remaining for
Jones to retire from his football career,
he is already panning for his next chapter
"My main thing is fitness, so I will
be trying to get my qualifications in
strength and conditioning and of course
dieting. I don t see myself as a coach
but I will be trying to do something
else that I enjoy and that is doing a lot
of charity work, giving back to T&T."
"It is quite important that we try to
have a positive influence in the next
generation given the state of crime and
the misfortunes at this present time
amongst the youths.
"We have to change the culture a bit
and try and inject that positivity in the
youths of the nation because I don t
think it is not everyone is sports avid
everyone has a skill, then some people
just need that extra push that motivation
to be able to go out perform to their
best in whatever they do."
Jones left for Jamaica with the rest
of the Soca Warriors on Sunday to com-
pete in the Caribbean Cup Finals this
Making his debut appearance for the
Caribbean Cup, Jones is hopeful in him-
self and his team in being able to bring
back the trophy.
....host children's Christmas party in Point Fortin "It is easy for the youths
to settle and say this is
what I am born in and this
is what I see everyday, so
statistic. But, no! We need
to try to find the ways and
means to get them away
from that thinking."
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