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Tiger Great Charlie Jenkins to be Honored Saturday

Members of the White Plains High School class of 1962 will be at the White Plains varsity football game Saturday to honor a fallen classmate.

 

It's been 50 years since Charlie "The Train" Jenkins flew past defensive backfields wearing a White Plains football jersey.

But thoughts of Jenkins will be on the minds of many Saturday when the Tigers take on John Jay at White Plains High School.

Members of the class of 1962 will be on the field Saturday to honor their class and raise awareness about a scholarship created in Jenkins' honor. Classmates will be handing out flyers and speaking with fans at the game.

Since 2001, the Charles Jenkins Annual Award is given to a White Plains graduate every spring. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship for embodying the traits of sportsmanship, friendship and caring for the community Jenkins is known for.

Jenkins passed away in 1995 after living in the Westchester area most of his life. The scholarship was created six years later and has been funded through donations from the class of '62.

A three-sport athlete at White Plains High School, Jenkins earned his nickname "The Train" as a three-year starting fullback for the varsity football team. From 1959 to 1961 the powerful back set all kinds of records from the team's backfield.

He ran for 1,800 yards in one season and once scored 10 touchdowns in two games.

Click here for more on Jenkins and the scholarship created in his name.

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