‘Born to serve’: Loved ones, pals honor legacy of Dolphins government Jason Jenkins
Friends and relations of Jason Jenkins, an envoy for the Miami Dolphins and a South Florida group trailblazer, gathered Monday afternoon to pay tribute to his legacy at Hard Rock Stadium.
Jenkins, 47, died of a blood clot on August 27.
A fixture within the press field earlier than changing into omnipresent throughout the Miami metropolitan space, Jenkins began with the Dolphins because the crew’s director of media relations in 2009, and he grew to become senior vice chairman of communications and group affairs in 2015. His time within the group spanned seven completely different coaches, three completely different basic managers and 11 completely different beginning quarterbacks.
In his newest function as senior vice chairman of communications and group affairs, Jenkins transcended the standard duties of an NFL spokesman, reworking right into a pillar of the group — overseeing the Dolphins’ charitable foundations and youth packages, and serving as a board member for United Way Miami, YWCA South Florida, the Anti-Defamation League of Florida, the Urban League of Broward County and the Dolphins Cancer Challenge.
As the Dolphins Cancer Challenge’s chairman since 2020, Jenkins helped construct it into the biggest fundraiser within the NFL, which has raised greater than $53 million for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to fund life-saving most cancers analysis in South Florida, his spouse Elizabeth Jenkins and Brett Brecheisen, senior supervisor for soccer communications for the Dolphins, wrote in an op-ed for the Miami Herald.
In 2020, Jenkins led the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program amid the COVID-19 pandemic, his spouse and Brecheisen highlighted. The program, they stated, donated a couple of million meals to deal with meals insecurity in the neighborhood, whereas additionally offering assets to native minority-owned eating places and companies at a time when the restaurant business was struggling.
At his memorial service, audio system reminisced on the sphere’s sideline the occasions they’d along with the communications extraordinaire as attendants watched in awe from the stands.
Germaine Smith Baugh, president and CEO of the Urban League, stated on the 50 yard line that Jenkins had a eager understanding that being current was vital. One of the numerous occasions when Jenkins was current, she stated, was when he rented a movie show in 2018 so college students might get pleasure from an incredible cultural expertise watching the superhero movie Black Panther.
“Jason did not only rent the movie theater, he was present,” Smith Baugh stated. “Standing in the middle of all faces of the children was Jason smiling.”
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Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman, president and CEO of Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, stated Jenkins was not solely appreciated and revered, but in addition cherished as a result of he helped individuals inside and out of doors the sphere. He stated the easiest way to honor Jenkins’ legacy is to be extra like him.
“Successful relationships are more about accepting the responsibility of how someone feels about themselves when they are with you,” Garfinkel stated. “A concept that is much easier to theorize about than to practice. Jason practiced it.”
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Elizabeth Jenkins, the love of his life, stated he was a loyal husband, and a loving and supportive father. She famous Jenkins inspired others to be the perfect model of themselves.
“He didn’t believe in tearing (people) down,” she stated. “But he believed if you push people up, they will rise.”
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Born on Oct. 30, 1974, in Houston, Texas, Jenkins attended Texas Tech University, the place he earned his bachelor’s diploma in broadcast journalism in 1997 and performed defensive again on the soccer crew. He served
Jenkins started his profession at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania,, the place he held a number of communication roles from 1997-99. He joined the Texas Southern University Athletics Department in 1999, serving as an affiliate athletics director there till 2002. That 12 months, he joined the San Francisco 49ers of their media-relations division earlier than becoming a member of the Dolphins.
Jenkins is survived by his spouse of 12 years, his daughters Liya, 12, and Sloane, 6; his son Aiden, 10; his mother and father Mary Clay and C.L. Whittington; brothers Corey Harmon and Anthony Clay; and sisters Dr. Catherine Whittington and Candance Clay.
“Some people will be missed, but others will be remembered, Smith Baugh said. “And Jason is one of those that will be remembered.”
Miami Herald workers author David Wilson contributed to this report.