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TMJF Quarterly Newsletter-March 2015
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A Message from Our Founder

Welcome to the first issue of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation's quarterly newsletter. I am proud to share with you information and stories about our programs, our impact, our partners and the success of the youth we support. Our mission is to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth, particularly in underserved communities; by providing resources, innovative opportunities and experiences that will help them succeed in life and become contributing members of their community.

Since establishing The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in June 2010, we have so much to be proud of and are so thankful for the support we receive from our committed funders, donors and volunteers.  As we approach our 5th Anniversary, we are privileged to count you as a supporter, as we strive to accomplish our mission through community engagement initiatives, awarding of scholarships, youth development, and collaboration of our village.  The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is winning for youth and we sincerely appreciate you joining us on our exciting journey. 
Malcolm Jenkins, Founder and Chairman
Get Ready Fest™-Philadelphia
In July 2014, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation partnered with Feed The Children, Omega Psi Phi Inc. (Malcolm’s fraternity), and many community organizations for Get Ready Fest™- Philadelphia, the Foundation’s first community outreach in Philadelphia.  Get Ready Fest sponsors, volunteers, and families gathered at Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Philadelphia for a day of giving. The festive event provided food, shoes, school uniforms, coats, haircuts, face painting, health and wellness resources and essentials, along with education and career services to 800 pre-identified families in need (approx. 3200 individuals) residing in North Philadelphia.     >>>Watch video

 
Get Ready Fest™-Columbus
"In the United States, hunger's roots go deep and specifically in Columbus, Ohio where 22 percent of households live below the poverty level and are at risk of going to bed hungry."  In October 2014, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Teleperformance partnered with Feed the Children to kick off  its second Get Ready Fest™“- Columbus– an outreach that provided 800 pre-identified Columbus–area families in need (approx. 3200 individuals) with wellness resources, food and essentials.  Get Ready Fest sponsors, volunteers, and families gathered at Second Baptist Church in Columbus for a day of giving. The festive event included haircuts and a Kids’ Zone where youth experienced an array of fun activities, including face painting. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, were also on hand to sign up children to participate in their mentoring programs.
  >>>Watch video
In June 2014, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation hosted its third annual youth football camp in Malcolm's hometown of Piscataway, NJ.  "To have an opportunity to teach the fundamentals of the game and offer motivating and technical advice to our youth, on the same field where I cultivated my skills and love for the game, is a special honor for me," Chairman, Malcolm Jenkins.


Each year, the Next Level Youth Football Camp offers a free, safe and fun-filled camp experience to 400 youth age 7 - 17; teaches lessons on football fundamentals, sports performance, and share how self-discipline, character and academics are key to life performance . We are proud of our Health/Wellness and Sports Safety program, that builds awareness around important health issues concerning our youth.  We encourage all parents to take part in the health education sessions offered during the camps. We will once again take the camp to the 'Next Level'  for youth campers and adults!  The  camps will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015 and Saturday, June 20, 2015.  Registration opening soon!  Stay tuned for updates!

Congratulations Malcolm Jenkins Scholars
Class of 2014


2014 Malcolm Jenkins Scholars: (left to right) Alan A. Llanas; Merlin T. George; Ta'Juan A. Lawson; Miracle C. Ross; Anastasia V. Woods; Kialia N. Holloway; Malik L. Brooks; Tina M. Webster)

In May 2014, for the third year, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation recognized ten (10) New Orleans high school seniors for their commitment to academic excellence, leadership and community.  The Malcolm Jenkins Scholars each received scholarships in the amount of $2,500.00 to use toward their college education. The scholarship program is part of the Foundation's Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S (Reinforcing Education With Activities, Recreation and Developmental Supports) signature program, which acknowledges that it takes more than academic readiness to meet the challenges of adolescence, adulthood and to succeed in college and in life. The program augments the New Orleans College Track program, an after school college readiness and completion program, offering unique interactive activities, experiences and opportunities designed to provide under-served youth with education, essential life skills, and non-cognitive attributes like resiliency and tenacity to enhance life performance. The program is designed to engage students in grades 9 – 12. Since partnering in 2012, with Greater New Orleans Urban League College Track, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation has awarded nearly $100,000.00 in scholarships and program support.


April 30 | Super Baskets of Hope / Basket of Hope basket deliveries -  St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
               Philadelphia, PA

May 7 | College Track Graduation-Class of 2015
              7pm, New Orleans, LA (TBD)

June 19 |  4th Annual Next Level Youth Football
                  Camp
 (Age 14-17)
 8am
                   Piscataway High School, NJ

June 20 | 4th Annual Next Level Youth Football
                 Camp
 (Age 7-13)
 8am,
                 Piscataway High School, NJ
Blitz, Bow Ties & Bourbon Fundraiser
Board Officers: (left to right)  Pamela Lyles, Secretary; Malcolm Jenkins, Chairman; Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, President; Loyce Pierce Wright, Treasurer)
On December 8, 2014, we held our first Blitz, Bow-Ties & Bourbon fundraiser at the beautiful and historic Union Trust, in Philadelphia, PA. Guests enjoyed a melange of delicious chef tastings from award winning Philadelphia area chefs; live entertainment; fashion by Rock Avenue Bow Ties; and collectibles and autographs from our Chairman, Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins and his teammates – making it an evening to remember. Proceeds from the evening support the expansion of the Foundation’s programs for youth in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Youth Sports Safety


Joining our President, Gwendolyn V. Jenkins (left to right) David Souto, Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Performance Coach; Carol Ann Giardelli, Director of Safe Kids New Jersey; Dawn Tortajada, PNP-BC- RWJ Pediatric Trauma; Ron Shuali, Shua Life Skills, LLC; Timothy Mancuso, BS, LAT, ATC, PES;  and Diana Starace, Coordinator, Injury Prevention Program Safe Kids Middlesex County

Safe Kids New Jersey, a longtime member of Safe Kids Worldwide’s network of more than 500 coalitions in the U.S., continues to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to youth sports through a unique partnership with The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF).  Safe Kids is a program founded and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. Our partnership with Safe Kids enhances our ability to continue to play a leading role in NJ in helping build awareness around sports safety through impactful programs and events.

Chairman Malcolm Jenkins Supports Federal Legislation on Youth Sports Safety


Chairman Malcolm Jenkins joined U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) and Congressman William Pascrell (NJ) in a press conference announcing the SAFE PLAY ACT (Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth).  The Safe Play Act is considered the most comprehensive federal legislation to date to enhance safety for younger athletes.  Guests who participated also included Roman Oben, retired Giants player; Lisa Yue who lost two children due to sudden cardiac arrest and founder of the Cardiomyopathy Foundation school administrators and athletic trainers. The Foundation is at the forefront of advocating for youth sports safety via programs that raise awareness for youth and adults on today’s hot youth sports safety topics such as concussion recognition and recovery; sudden cardiac arrest; acute and overuse injuries; anti-bullying; and nutrition and hydration.   In 2014, the Foundation’s Next Level Youth Football Camp, provided vouchers for free concussion baseline testing for its campers age 11-17 through camp sponsor, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital - Somerset Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Center.

The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation takes part in NJ's 1st Statewide Youth Sports Safety Symposium
New Jersey’s first statewide sports safety symposium for youth, adults, sports and health care professionals – hosted by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in partnership with Safe Kids New Jersey/Founding Sponsor Johnson & Johnson and The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation – was held at the Rutgers University Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC) in Piscataway, NJ on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The symposium, themed “Are You Sports Smart?, was a FREE event where attendees learned how to prevent acute/overuse sports injuries; “return to life” following a concussion; and how to “win the mind game” of competition. 
Game Day Experience
We want to thank all who supported The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation's Game Day Experience, our on-line fundraising raffle with OMAZE, that provided the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience package, along with other exclusive gifts. Your generous donations will support the Foundation's youth development initiatives and programs that emphasize mentorship, character development, leadership, education, life skills, health, and recreation. Please join us in congratulating our winner, Mike! He and his family have been huge Eagles fans for over 40 years. He is so excited to be supporting The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and the work that we are doing in the Philadelphia area.
A Warm Welcome from the Philly Buckeyes
On November 29, 2014, The Ohio State Alumni Club of Greater Philadelphia invited members of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation to their TSUN Game Watch Party to cheer on the Buckeyes to victory in the annual renewal of College Football's Greatest Rivalry, OSU vs Michigan. The fundraising event was held at Ladder 15 in Philadelphia, PA.  Proceeds from the exciting event benefited The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and the Philly Buckeyes Endowed Scholarship Fund. 

Super Baskets of Hope
For the second year, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is honored to be a sponsor of the the National and local Basket of Hope organizations, packing baskets filled with inspirational materials for seriously ill children hospitalized in NFL team cities across the country. The items are designed to nourish the entire family mentally, emotionally and spiritually as they journey through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other serious illnesses.  In 2014, the Foundation partnered with the New Orleans Basket of Hope and Touchdown Club, to deliver baskets to children and families at Oshner Medical Center in New Orleans.  This year, we are honored to support our beneficiary partners at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA, helping to spread cheer to their patients and families.    >>>Watch video 

Apparel Fundraiser
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation has teamed up with The Vanity Project NYC to offer high quality merchandise that our supporters can connect with, allowing us to strengthen our brand and actively engage our supporters.  Proceeds from your purchases benefit programs of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.
 
 
 
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