Community Captain: Joshua Jenkins

The Carolina Panthers have selected Joshua Jenkins, a senior at Enloe High School (Raleigh, NC), as a 2009 Carolina Panthers Community Captain. The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program recognizes high school football student-athletes in North and South Carolina who excel in the classroom, in the community and on the field.

The program is designed to recognize outstanding young leaders and to encourage their future development as role models while they continue their personal growth in college and in their professional careers.

First a team captain for the Enloe football team, and now a Carolina Panthers' Community Captain, Jenkins has always taken it upon himself to be the best leader he knows how to be by setting a good example. "Josh is truly a good teammate and has always led by example, he is always ready to do whatever we ask of him without complaint," said Eagles Head Coach, Ron Clark. Jenkins leads the Eagles defense as an inside linebacker. In 2008, Jenkins received a Cap 7 All-Conference honorable mention and the Academic All-Conference award, and was one of the Eagles' top tacklers.

Jenkins has earned a 4.95 weighted GPA and a 3.75 unweighted GPA in Enloe's International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, while in the top 6 percent of his senior class. "Learning is a passion for me and I am constantly doing all I can to be the very best in each of my classes," said Jenkins. His outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, combined with his football accolades, have been noticed by some of the nation's finest academic institutions including Davidson College, Duke University, Princeton University and Cornell University. While he has yet to make a decision regarding his collegiate choice, Jenkins will major in science and minor in Spanish in preparation for medical school, while continuing to play football.

As a member of Apex United Methodist Church, Jenkins was able to travel to Magoffin County in Kentucky and repair damaged homes for those living in unsuitable living conditions. He considers his involvement with the Appalachian Service Project one of his more noteworthy projects but also values his other outreach endeavors with his church including food drives, making bagged meals for the homeless and selling Christmas trees. In the summer of 2010, Jenkins will travel to the Dominican Republic as a translator with the medical missions team through Apex United Methodist, where he will help medical professionals communicate with the families and patients for which they are caring.

The Community Captain Class of 2009 recipients so far this season are Thomas Teal of Marlboro High School (Marlboro, SC), Dylan Bowman of West Brunswick High School (Shallotte, NC), Jonathan Bowie of Hendersonville High School (Hendersonville, NC), Darius Lipford of Hibriten High School (Lenoir, NC), Colin Summers of Needham Broughton High School (Raleigh, NC), Michael Harpe of Spartanburg High School (Spartanburg, SC) and Joshua Jenkins of Enloe High School (Raleigh, NC).

The 2009 Carolina Panthers Community Captain Class will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony at the Panthers home game versus the New Orleans Saints on January 3rd. Winners will receive an authentic Community Captain jersey and will have the opportunity to participate in select Panthers community outreach events with current Panthers players.

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