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James Jones spending summer tagging sharks for education

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- Miami Heat free agent James Jones is spending some time away from basketball and joining a summer camp out in the ocean tagging sharks for research and education.

With the assistance of the University of Miami shark research program, Jones was able to achieve one of his many goals. Along with his Legacy Foundation, a dozen South Florida children were chosen to tag sharks. "I've always taken pride in myself in trying to find new experiences and doing something that no one else can do," said Jones, "so these kids get a chance that I don't think any other athlete will give them the opportunity to do."

"This is different than other camps," said one camper. "This is a very fun experience."

In an effort to change the outlook for South Florida's youth, Jones has given some underprivileged kids the camp experience of a lifetime. "A lot of them thought this would be a day of something similar to walking ... going to the zoo or the Seaquarium, but they're actually out here baiting lines and taking blood and tagging sharks," said Jones. "It's something that you see on Discovery Channel and rarely do you get a chance to do it in person."

"It's really cool to have James Jones on the boat, and his foundation is exactly the type of group that we want to partner with," said Director of the UM Shark Program, Dr. Neal Hammerschlag. "I think there's a lot of foresight to bring kids and expose them to things that they would never otherwise have growing up."


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