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Dolphin’s Senior Vice President Jason Jenkins Dies
August 28, 2022
MIAMI GARDENS — Jason Jenkins, the longtime right-hand man of dolphin owner Stephen Ross and the face of the organization’s outreach efforts for many in the South Florida community, died Saturday following a medical emergency.
The exact cause of death was not immediately known.
The Dolphins announced Jenkins’ death during halftime of Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I’m devastated,” Ross said. “Jason Jenkins was an icon in the Miami community and above all a kind and incredible family man. His commitment to our organization was unparalleled. He was my friend, but above all he was a generous soul. My heart is with Elizabeth and his children tonight. The Jenkins family will always be part of the Dolphins family.”
Tom Garfinkel, Vice Chairman, President and CEO of the Dolphins, said: “Our hearts are broken and mourn the loss of a man who was a dear friend and loved by so many people. Jason served the Dolphins organization faithfully for 14 years, was a beacon in the community, a pioneer and champion to others, and above all, he treated people with a kindness and dignity that left a lasting impression on everyone he met. Our deepest condolences and unwavering support go out to his wife, Elizabeth, and his three children.”
Jenkins, 47, began working for the Dolphins in 2009 and was promoted to senior vice president of communications and community affairs in 2015. Few, if any, community events took place without Jenkins representing the organization.
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Jason Jenkins was honored for his community work last summer
Jenkins worked tirelessly to unite South Florida and was honored early this summer at the 20th Annual Pillar Awards at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. Jenkins received the Corporate Pillar Award.
“We are blessed and honored to receive this award in terms of corporate citizenship,” Jenkins told the Miami Times. “It’s not lost on me as a black man from whom I get this award.”
In 2018, Jenkins described support for the Trayvon Martin Foundation by saying he had no interest in “superficial” support, telling the South Florida Times, “We want to support real change.”
He added: “It is important to our owner, Stephen Ross, and our players and alumni that we support groups and organizations in South Florida that are driving change. Everyone in South Florida deserves a level playing field and we are grateful that our platform allows us to unite people representing a wide range and cross-section of groups.”
Born in Houston, Jenkins earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas Tech in 1997. In 2017, his alma mater honored him as the winner of the Outstanding Alumni Award. The following year, he was Texas Tech’s starting speaker.
“I want to thank President Lawrence Schovanec and Texas Tech University for this amazing honor,” Jenkins said in a press release announcing his roster. “Raised in a family that emphasized education and the unifying power of sports, my experience with Red Raiders was top-notch in every way. I’m excited to return to Lubbock, a place that has brought back so many great memories and has given me so many great memories. molded into the person and professional I am today.”
Jenkins lived in Parkland with wife Elizabeth and their children Liya, Aiden and Sloane.
He supported the victims of the mass shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Jenkins was a board member 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.
Jenkins oversaw media outreach, public relations, social media and community efforts for the Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium and Formula One Miami Grand Prix.
Prior to joining the Dolphins, he worked in the media relations department of the San Francisco 49ers, was an associate athletic director at Texas Southern University, and was an athletic sales and promotion manager and sports communications assistant at Lehigh University.
Funeral arrangements will be communicated at a later date.
Hal Habib covers the dolphins for The Post. Support our journalism. Register today.