Malcolm Jenkins is no longer a Philadelphia Eagle but he’s keeping his roots in Philly.
Jenkins on June 9 will deliver the commencement address during a virtual graduation ceremony for The School District of Philadelphia.
The entire graduation ceremony will be streamed on the school district’s website and on the district’s television station PSTV, beginning at 11 a.m.
“We are so proud of all of our graduates,” Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said in a statement. “They have displayed incredible resilience the past few months as so many circumstances outside of their control dictated how they would end their senior year of high school.
“These students deserve to be celebrated in a special way, so I’m especially grateful to Malcolm Jenkins for agreeing to serve as our commencement speaker. We’re looking forward to honoring this outstanding group of students as they embark on this next chapter after high school.”
Jenkins, 32, left the Eagles this offseason after the team allowed him to become a free agent. He signed a four-year deal to rejoin the New Orleans Saints, ending his six-year stint with the Eagles. During those six seasons, he made three Pro Bowls and became the unquestioned leader of a Super Bowl winner.
As much as Jenkins did on the field, it shouldn’t overshadow what he did in the community during his time in Philadelphia. In fact, his devotion to the community is why the district said they think he’s the ideal commencement speaker.
In addition to his active role in criminal justice reform and in matters of social injustice, Jenkins has made a difference through his foundation as well.
Jenkins began The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in 2010 in New Orleans but when he moved to Philadelphia, he expanded it. Today, the foundation serves youth in four states: New Jersey, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Jenkins is from New Jersey and he has played either collegiately or professionally in the other three.
Back in March, when we learned the Eagles were moving on, Jenkins released a short but heartfelt message to Eagles fans telling them that Philly is still his home.
He was serious about that. Just last week, Jenkins was working out with Rodney McLeod and Will Parks in the city and now he’s delivering the commencement speech for Philadelphia graduates.
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