Meredith Jenkins was best known as a former longtime Auburn athletics administrator who spent the last three years at Fresno State. She reportedly passed away on November 14 following a battle with cancer at the age of 51. Jenkins was nationally recognized as a trailblazer in college athletics, spent 24 years working in Auburn’s athletics department.
Meredith Jenkins Auburn’s Athlete
She was the first woman to oversee an athletics communications department and serve as the main point of contact for an SEC football program. At the time she served as Auburn’s primary football communications contact, only three other women across Division I programs held similar roles in football.
Jenkins was an advocate for women’s sports, their coaches and athletes, starting the WINGS (Women Inspiring and Nurturing Greatness in Student-Athletes) program. The initiative was designed with a focus on mentorship and job placement for female student-athletes, as well as to help raise funds for Auburn’s women’s teams.
Kirk Sampson of Auburn University made a Twitter post remembering and honoring sports broadcaster and editors that have passed away. In Sampson’s tweet dated November 27, he posted photos of Meredith Jenkins, Charles Hollis, and Cecil Hurt, who was pronounced dead earlier this week.
People’s Reaction Following her Death
David Housel wrote in a tribute on Facebook,
Just got word that a dear friend has died.
Not unexpectedly, but died. Cancer.
The thing that struck me as the word of her death made the rounds was how often those of us who loved her closed our conversations with, somewhat tearfully at times, “I love you…”
Why do we wait until times like these to tell those we love that we love them?
Shouldn’t we do it every day in every way?
Love is no small thing.
It is good to tell others that they are loved.
Somebody said it a long time ago, a musician I believe, love makes the world go around.
It makes life more bearable, more enjoyable, fuller. It helps us know that we are not alone.
Why are we so hesitant to say it?
In honor of Meredith Jenkins, tell someone you love them.
Do it today.
Do it now.
It matters…often more than you know.