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Feb 01, 2023

Clemson Athletics Black History: Wayne Jenkins

Wayne Jenkins enrolled at Clemson in the Fall of 1969 as a member of the Track & Field team, making him one of the first two African-American student-athletes at Clemson, joining Craig Mobley (Basketball) that semester.

Jenkins was the 1972 ACC Champion in the 600 yards, the program’s first individual ACC Championship by a person of color. He also claimed ACC titles in 1972 and 1973 as part of the mile relay. In 2022, he was awarded with the ACC Unite Award, presented annually to those who best exemplify ACC CORE’s mission to promote and encourage racial equity and social justice through education, partnerships, engagement, and advocacy.