While many celebrities and sports figures have used their voices in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and social justice, Colin Kaepernick is putting his words into action.
The pro-baller's latest philanthropic effort is a very personal one. He spent the first day of his off-season delivering a massive donation of hundreds of pairs of shoes from his personal collection plus clothing, and books to homeless shelters and orphanages in the Bay Area.
Like many professional athletes, Kaepernick has a serious sneaker collection. He even converted a garage at his home into shoe storage. Recipients of Kaepernick's generosity include Berkeley's Men's Shelter. It is fairly obvious why the San Francisco 49ers voted Kaepernick voted him the team's most inspirational and courageous player for 2016. He is not looking for a pat on the back or a photo op. Colin just does the work serving his people.
Kaepernick takes a hands-on approach to his activism. He is not going to be just a spokesman or someone who writes a big check. Kaepernick has immersed himself into the Bay Area community and has made himself accessible to the people he has vowed to serve. To further solidify his stand against police brutality and the need to invest in underserved communities, the 49ers QB volunteers his time in Bay Area public schools, raises money, and lends his support to organizations committed to doing the same.
Additionally, Colin fully funds the Know Your Rights youth camp whose purpose is to, "raise awareness on higher education, self-empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios." This type of charitable spirit is the perfect complement to the Colin Kaepernick Foundation's Million Dollar Pledge Campaign where he vowed to donate one million dollars, plus the proceeds of all his jersey sales to organizations that work in oppressed communities. From October - December 2016, he has already paid out $300,000 to 11 organizations.
Colin Kaepernick continually raises the bar when it comes to using his platform to give back to the communities who support him. To whom much is given much is required. And Colin gets it. The world needs more like him. Salute.