Good Morning Obots!
Today’s featured baller-shot caller is Kim Jones.
Born in Torrance, California but raised mostly in Seattle, Howard University alum Kim Jones is breaking her way to success as part of the Women Professional Billiard Association (WPBA). In June 2009, the current Atlanta resident became the first African-American female to compete in the Women’s World 10-Ball Championship in Manila, Philippines. As one of the top 50 women pool players in the world, Jones, who is under 40, previously competed part-time as a professional before re-dedicating herself to pool, is one of the sport’s rising stars.
Jones has only been competing part-time on the women’s pro tour for 5 years. She balanced playing professional pool with working full-time for IBM as a project manager. Laid off from her job due to the economic crisis in the US, she re-dedicated herself to billiards. She was ranked in the top 50 in the world according to the 2008 WPBA rankings.
“I’ve seen what I can do with just partial time invested into my game. I can only imagine if I can put all of myself dedicated to billiards!” said a confident Jones.
Jones is excited at the prospect of being the first black woman playing in the World Championship. But is it an extra burden or pressure?
“Oh no, I am truly excited. Ever since being on tour, fans, of all color, have always come to me with words of support. I’m really happy to be making history, and I think it’s quite an honor. I really hope I can encourage other black players worldwide to try to compete more”, explained Jones on her significant role and invitation.
Jones has a Business Management degree from Howard University and worked 10 years for IBM. In between she managed time to have a top 17th place finish at an ESPN event and finished 2nd in rankings as the USA top semi-pro player.
“My goal is to be a top player. Of course I need finances, too. My dream is to be able to compete but also work on the business side of the billiards industry. Let me know if anyone is interested!” laughs Jones.