FORREST CITY, Arkansas — Just recently, Jim Bailey paused momentarily to reflect upon his life experiences, most notably those encounters that have greatly shaped his life for the better.
By and large, Bailey considers himself a blessed man, a man whose reputation is such that not only does he deems it necessary to esteem others daily higher than himself, but he thinks it essential to utilize those pivotal life lessons through sports in doing so.
There have been many influences and experiences throughout my life that have affected me to be the person that I am today,” Bailey told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “And more importantly, the person that I strive to be. These experiences that I have had will contribute and affect my youths in my program.”
A devoted and avid sports fanatic whose craft as a recreational coach spans more than two decades, Bailey is the director of JB Sports Organization, a dual sports group that is comprised of his youth basketball team, the JB Fireballers and his youth football team, the JB Bulldogs.
Teams that have become fixtures in Forrest City, Arkansas and the surrounding areas, Bailey’s athletes compete mostly in the Tri-State area, or Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
In addition, Bailey sanctions a program called “Midnight Basketball” that takes place from 5:00pm to 12am every Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight.
He also has organized a program geared toward helping local youths stay off the streets, in large part so that they can “have something positive to do.”
JB Sports is widely known for its organized basketball games and its Hour Of Power prior to the start of the games.
“I have to give thanks to Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church for the use of their Gym,” Bailey said. “If it wasn’t for them, my program wouldn’t be possible. I partnered up this year with basketball coach Mr. Tommy Delph from SEMO (Southeast Missouri) Elite Basketball in Missouri.”
JB Sports is a Community Organization whose purpose is to create youth sports programs based upon positive morals and values while learning about sports.
When asked to reveal his organizaton’s mission, Bailey acknowledged that while it is simple, it aims to enhance lives, one life at a time.
“There is no limit to what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit,” Bailey said.
Not only that, Bailey emphasized that JB Sports promote sportsmanship, self-esteem, and the development of life skills through engaging youth in sports, all while providing a safe, healthy, positive environment where the youths can acquire the fundamentals of various sports.
“We also promote good health and healthy habits through exercise and hard work,” Bailey said.
What’s even more astounding is the unique acronym for which JB Sports stand:
J — Joy
B — Brotherhood
S — Self Control
P — Purpose
O — Opportunity
R — Respect
T — Tolerance
S — Success
All of which is a monumental reflection on Bailey, who considers himself a blessed man, a man whose reputation is such that not only does he deems it necessary to esteem others daily higher than himself.
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