On June 24-25, Malcolm Jenkins, Pro Bowl Safety for the Philadelphia Eagles hosted The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation fifth annual Next Level Youth Football Camp for 425 area boys and girls, ages 7-17 at Piscataway High School.
Advancing the Foundation’s mission to effectuate positive change in the lives of young people and the communities in which they reside, the camp provided parents and guardians in attendance with industry-leading resources to help them understand how to help protect the health and safety of their young athletes in all sports, especially football. The FREE health, wellness and sports safety information sessions were offered through a partnership with Safe Kids-NJ, a program founded and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and other invited guests. Topics included Nutrition and Hydration, Concussion Recognition and Recovery, Overuse Injury Prevention and Care, Importance of Sleep in Athletes, Mental Health Issues and Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes.
Sport Testing Inc., a leading provider of sport specific player testing and athletic assessment technologies, provided state-of-the-art combine testing to all campers, sponsored by Dynasty Sports Group. Sport Testing Inc., a company founded by former New Orleans Saints Super Bowl Champion Marques Colston.
NFL players participating in the camp included Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Connor Barwin (Philadelphia Eagles), Devin McCourty (New England Patriots), Marques Colston (former New Orleans Saints), Jonathan Casillas (New York Giants), James Laurinatis (New Orleans Saints), Mike Adams (Indianapolis Colts), Brandon Bing (former New York Giants), Isa Abdul Quddus (Miami Dolphins) and Vinny Curry (Philadelphia Eagles).
This year’s camp was made possible through the generosity of sponsors and community partners including Merrill Lynch, Dynasty Sports Group, Jimmy John’s (Stelton Rd in Piscataway), AT&T, Safe Kids New Jersey Piscataway Township, Piscataway Township Schools, American Water, Philadelphia Eagles, NFLPA, Bash Company, Simon’s Fund, State Farm, PBA Piscataway Local 93, RWJ University Hospital, RWJ University Hospital Somerset, Gatorade, Futuristic Wear and a funding grant from the NFL Foundation.