MIAMI — The Dolphins reported that Jason Jenkins, senior vice president of communications and community relations, passed away unexpectedly in the hours leading up to Miami’s game against the Eagles on Saturday. He was 47.
The community leader, whose family includes his wife Elizabeth and their three children, had worked with the Dolphins since 2009.
Tom Garfinkel, the Dolphins’ vice chairman, president, and CEO, said, “Our hearts are shattered and we are grieving the death of a man who was a good friend and adored by so many people. “For 14 years, Jason devotedly served the Dolphins organization. He also served as a community leader, a pioneer and a champion for others. But most importantly, Jason treated people with decency and dignity, leaving a lasting impression on everyone he encountered. We extend our sincere sympathies to his wife Elizabeth and his three children, as well as our steadfast support.”
Trailblazer. Champion. Kind.
We are heartbroken to share that Dolphins SVP of Communications and Community Affairs Jason Jenkins has passed away. pic.twitter.com/YzKGnC8S0U
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) August 28, 2022
2015 saw Jenkins advance to his current position after joining the Dolphins from the San Francisco 49ers media department. Many of the Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium, and Miami Grand Prix community outreach initiatives were spearheaded by him. He developed the team’s “Football Unites” initiative and presided over the board of the Dolphins Challenge Cancer, the biggest NFL charity event that has helped the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center raise more than $53 million.
The Texas Tech graduate from Houston served on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League Florida, Breakthrough Miami, Dolphins Challenge Cancer, Pro Sports Assembly, Urban League of Broward County, Women of Tomorrow, and YWCA Miami, among other South Florida organizations.
Jenkins’ funeral plans will be revealed at a later time.