Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins on Sunday posted on Instagram a photo of his former teacher and he following the game against the San Francisco 49ers:
“[Tough] loss today but seeing my grade school teacher Ms Ferguson for the first time in almost 10 years all the way on the west coast made my day a lot better. I gave this woman many headaches but she was tough on me and stuck with me,” Jenkins captioned the photo.
From Central, SC., Jenkins wants to use his clout as a professional football player to give back to a community that nurtured him.
Today, he will be hosting his first-ever free Thanksgiving turkey drive in Seneca, SC., through his J3 Foundation:
The J3 Foundation exists to serve as a charitable initiative dedicated to encourage the giving of time, resources and information to support families in the Clemson, SC area. In addition, the driving force behind our organization is to ultimately enhance the lives of youth and to enable them to make a positive impact in our community through SAT Prep, tuition assistance and educational supplies.
Next summer, Jenkins is also hoping to run a three-day camp for youth football players in Central.
“You always want to go back to where you tied at. I don’t want to just be gone from Clemson forever,” Jenkins said. “I always want to go back every year, keep my face around and motivate other guys to get to the level I’m at now. I want guys in 2030 and 2020 getting drafted by the Redskins and me being a part of it.”
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