Charles “Spider” Jones is a Canadian journalist, radio host, motivational speaker, and former amateur boxer.
Spider Jones was born in Windsor, Ontario on April 20, 1946. As a young man, he was the victim of bullying and racial discrimination. He dropped out of school at the age of fourteen, began roaming the streets with inner-city gangs, and spent time in jail. During this time, Jones took up boxing and would become the recipient of three Golden Glove Championships. He was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996.
His life would change after meeting Jackie Robinson, the woman he would later marry. She encouraged Jones to go back to school, and he would enroll in college for broadcast journalism at the age of 30. Jones became a sports broadcaster, announcing boxing matches throughout North America. Jones also hosted his own program on CFRB 1010 in Toronto, ON. Jones is an active motivational speaker, talking to youth across North America. In 2003, Jones released his autobiography, Out of the Darkness: The Spider Jones Story.
Jones, Spider & Hughes, Michael. Out of the Darkness: The Spider Jones Story. (2003). Toronto, ON. ECW Press.
http://www.spiderjones.com/. Web. Accessed Oct 28, 2016.