40 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE
I’ve received a ton of awards over my lifetime in sports,
but this is one that’s a huge honor for me, As I look into
this room, this is what really inspires me because the
majority of people who are here are the ones who do
the work day in and day out, and I have the ability to just
bring it together.
” -Malcolm Jenkins
of the hat to my mother, my board members, my family,
and all those who volunteer and support us, so we can
continue to do this work.”
Jenkins used the honor to announce an upcoming event
in Camden scheduled for December. The foundation plans
to provide 135 families with surprise dinners and gifts
in Camden and Philadelphia around the holidays.
Jenkins used feedback from the “Get Ready Fest” to
plan upcoming ways to remain in the footprint of
The announcement was met with appreciative applause.
Jenkins says that seeing the turnout and excitement for
his ceremony provided motivation to give the resources,
voice, and attention needed to reach everyday citizens in
“I take it as an opportunity to thank everyone else,”
Jenkins says after the ceremony. “I recognize that I’m being
honored and awarded, but at the end of the day, this goes
right back to the community and all those who support me
to be able to do all of this.
“I play football full time. So, all of the things that we see
from my programs, from what I’m doing in the community,
couldn’t have been done without my mom, without
my family, without my foundation, board members,
volunteers, partners who donate, all of that. So, this
award, I obviously dedicate right back to them.”
Mayor Moran says that awarding Jenkins with the Key
to the City was an easy decision even though it is a rare
honor. Jenkins and the city have the same vision in giving
back to Camden residents.
“Beyond being a number one fan, I just believe what
athletes and players do speaks volumes,” says Moran after
the ceremony. “The key is something that’s not just given
to anyone. It’s a historic act with the City of Camden with
someone who is worthy of it because of the way he is
addressing the social issues in this country and in my City
Through his foundation, Jenkins has impacted the
communities in and around the cities he has called home.
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation benefits people across
the country and plans to continue its efforts in the city to
which he now holds the key.
“Being a New Jersey native, this is special for me to be
able to give back to my home state,” Jenkins says. “We
want to double down on our commitment to the City of
Camden. We’re not going away.”