Malcolm Jenkins: Buckeye, NFL player, community leader

When Malcolm Jenkins’ helmet and pads come off, he uses a simple tactic to advocate for community policing and criminal justice reform: starting a conversation. Whether he’s visiting U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan or engaged in a panel discussion with Ohio State students, the Philadelphia Eagles safety and former Buckeye hopes that leveraging the power of a face-to-face conversation can lead to change.

This level of engagement is nothing new to Jenkins, who established a charitable foundation for children who live in underserved neighborhoods in 2010, the year after he graduated from Ohio State. The foundation helps youngsters develop teamwork and leadership skills, awards scholarships to first-generation college students and partners on a program to build STEM skills, among other initiatives.