It was a cheerful moment for Milton Jones, his family and the Nation One Academy on June 21, 2017 after one of their athletes was provided an opportunity to advance his academic and football career in the United States on a three-year scholarship deal.
“I am the first to be selected from Nation One Academy, so I will do all I can to prove myself for more Liberians who are members of the Academy to have the same opportunity,” a joyous Milton recently told a local daily in Monrovia.
Jones traveled to the United States on a scholarship awarded by one of his Academy’s partners, Fay School in Boston, USA. Fay School is the oldest junior boarding school in the United States and has 475 students enrolled from pre-kindergarten through grade 9; the boarding program (grades 7–9) enrolls 120 students from throughout the United States and more than 19 foreign countries.
As a passionate player and one of Nation One’s first recruits, Jones’ mother was over excited and surprised and only reminded her son about what his passion has led to. “You love soccer and today look what has happened; I thank God,” the local daily quoted Mrs. Jones.
Following Jones’ departure to the U.S, it was the hope of the Academy and its partners for the 12-year-old to make use of the opportunity. As was expected, Jones began to perform to expectations, and started to put his best foot forward, resulting in realities replacing dreams.
Despite the new environment, Jones became a phenomenal for the Fay School football team. Jones proved his ability in a youth tournament after emerging as the Most Valuable Player and the highest goal scorer in the tournament.
Out of 15 games played in the tournament, Milton Jones used his magic legs to fire home 36 goals to earn him the prestigious awards.
It was not just an amazing moment after being provided the opportunity, but an incredible year that will be remembered by the 12-year-old after winning the MVP and Top-goal scorer awards during his first year in the U.S.