The award, named after former NFL halfback and Supreme Court justice Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White, is given to "the player who is just as dedicated off the field as he is on the field through community service in their team cities and hometowns." The winner receives $100,000 for his foundation or charity of choice. That money will be applied to the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, which helps underprivileged youth in Philadelphia, Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio.
"The most motivating thing for me is to see that all of the work is not in vain," Jenkins said via the team's website. "There are people that are benefiting from all of this work and it's awesome. The amount of people that we've been able to touch from 2010 when we started the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation has grown far and beyond anything that we ever thought of, and it's only growing.
"I'm very appreciative of the NFLPA for selecting me for this award, not only for the honor but for the generous donation of $100,000 that will allow us to continue to do the work that we do and expand on our work. That's just more lives that we can touch."
According to the team, Jenkins provided some 300 families with Thanksgiving meals last year and gave out 13 scholarships to college-bound seniors through his Project REWARDS program. He has been outspoken on social issues, and has met with the Philadelphia police and members of Congress in an effort to better race relations.