Jan. 13, 2011
Every parent worries about their kids getting into trouble. Josh Bone's parents don't sweat it much.
The Nashville, Tenn., native is a founding member of a productive extra-curricular activity--CKDO College Kids and Dropouts--an online magazine that informs its readers about the latest in sneakers, fashion, life and culture.
"CKDO is something some my friends and I started when we were about 16 or so," Bone said. "We just wanted to do something different. We don't want people to drop out of school. But we want people to know there are different routes you can take to be successful--it's not by getting into the wrong stuff. There are positive ways to get there, too."
In the future, CKDO has big dreams for the future, as well. As the website, CollegeKidsDropOut.com, gains popularity, plans for what's next are limitless.
"Eventually we want to have a printed magazine," Bone said. "Who knows what we can do. We want to do a lot of stuff, like a clothing line, and things along those lines."
Keeping up with CKDO will ensure you are up-to-date on the latest shoes, hip-hop news and a potpourri of current events and national news. But for Bone, the inspiration was not to keep everyone abreast of what's going on today.
"Where I grew up, a lot of people did the party thing, some people wanted to be musicians and entertainers, but we wanted to do something different," Bone said. "It's not a gang. It's something positive my friends and did and something we want to continue doing."
Bone and his counterparts at CKDO want to help young kids stay out of trouble and find their own creative outlets by creating a CKDO recreation center. The community center would provide kids a safe place for recreational activities and offer them a chance to see how hard work pays off.
"We don't just want to have a place where kids can come and play, we want them to hear from people who are successful and see how hard work pays off," Bone said. "Whether that is different athletes coming in and talking to them and giving them something more to do than just stand on the streets."
Despite missing the first 11 games of the 2010-11 season due to a fractured left wrist, Bone never relented, working hard himself. His dedication to rehab paid off as he got back to the court much sooner than expected. Bone is back on the court and averaging more than 10 minutes per game for the Big Orange.
While the masses of college basketball fans see Josh Bone on the court when the Vols play one of their 31 televised games, not quite as many see what he's up to when he isn't on the hardwood. Bone and the rest of CKDO are staying busy.
"Right now, most people know me as Joshua Bone the Tennessee basketball player," Bone said. "CKDO has a bright future and I'm glad to be a part of that. Some of the CKDO guys are in college. Some aren't. But we are all striving to be successful by doing positive things."