In June at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference (BBBSA), Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McCleod were recognized as the inaugural Defender of Potential Award Recipients by BBBSA This award honors individuals who have shown extraordinary dedication to Big Brothers Big Sisters in defending the potential of children in our communities, through volunteerism, financial support and advocacy. Jenkins and McCleod epitomize what it means to be a Defender of Potential through their work and volunteerism in Philadelphia.
Jenkins and McLeod also lended their support and influence to help create a national partnership the National Football League and the Players’ Coalition who launched the Inspire Change campaign in early 2019. Inspire Change focuses on three main areas: education and economic advancement, police and community relations and criminal justice reform. The Inpsire Change grant funding will allow BBBS agencies to create more strong mentoring relationships.