As a Green Bay Packer wide receiver Greg Jennings conquered football’s greatest stage, “Super Bowl XLV,” with the same sense of purpose and humility he brings to all life’s challenges, both on and off the field.
A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mr. Jennings and his three siblings grew up in the church, where their father, Greg Sr., is a pastor at Progressive Deliverance Ministries, and their mother, Gwen, works alongside as a missionary. Because of the values instilled by his parents, Mr. Jennings has made philanthropy a top priority. In 2008, Mr. Jennings and his wife, Nicole, founded the Greg Jennings Foundation, a private family foundation that partners with and assist Michigan and Wisconsin organizations in educating youth by providing the necessary resources in order to them to reach their academic potential.
Every year since its inception, the foundation has hosted the Greg Jennings Celebrity Golf Classic which has previously benefited the Milwaukee and Kalamazoo Habitat for Humanity. Thus far, this event has funded the building of three homes in inner city Milwaukee and one in Kalamazoo. In 2012, one additional Green Bay Habitat Home was completed with the help of a sponsorship from The Greg Jennings Foundation. Greg Jennings will continue to host his Annual Celebrity Golf Classic in Kalamazoo to benefit The Greg Jennings Foundation after school program initiatives.
The Greg Jennings Foundation is well known for brightening the holidays with a variety of programs each year. In 2009 and 2010, The Greg Jennings Foundation hosted events such as an elegant Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving turkey giveaways, and Christmas Adopt a Family events. In addition, annual Football and Cheer Camps for up to 500 boys and girls give local children the chance to hear Mr. Jennings speak, and to be inspired by speakers from ordinary walks of life: volunteers, parents and teachers. As The Greg Jennings Foundation continues to thrive, they are looking to fulfill their mission towards youth education and will continue host events that involve educational advancement.
Mr. Jennings was an all-conference star in three sports (football, basketball, and track) at Kalamazoo Central High School. He went on to enjoy a standout career at Western Michigan University where he became just the 11th player in NCAA Division I history to record three career 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2003-05), and enjoyed a record-breaking senior year, leading the nation with an average of 8.91 receptions per game, while also ranking second in the country in yards receiving per game (114.45).
Drafted in 2006 by the Packers, Mr. Jennings quickly distinguished himself, being named to the All-Rookie Team and catching quarterback Brett Favre’s 400th, 420th and 421st touchdown passes as the NFL legend chased, matched, and surpassed Dan Marino’s all-time NFL record. In 2010, Jennings was named a Pro Bowl wide receiver selection, and became a Super Bowl XLV champion, scoring two touchdowns in the Packers 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Off the field, Mr. Jennings enjoys spending time with his wife, Nicole Jennings of Kalamazoo, and three daughters(Amya, Alea, and Ayva) and one son(Aice). He also takes on many hobbies and interests that include acting on numerous TV shows, playing the bass guitar, playing drums, and spending time with family in Kalamazoo.