I believe that Colin Kaepernick will go down as the most misunderstood sports athlete of his era. I also believe that, decades from now, he will be revered for what he did off the field more so then what he accomplished on it.
For those who care, Colin Kaepernick recently completed his $1 million pledge to support communities in need. While the media has debated what kneeling for the flag means, Kaepernick has been busy completing the task he started. Now that he has finished, the former NFL QB is not stopping. In addition to his donations, Kaepernick is continuing his commitment to help those in need with a new #10for10 Encore where other celebrities are supporting charities along with him. To date Kaepernick has helped raise over $1,180,000 since 2016 (one of which included Black Veterans for Social Justice).
Despite distractions, Kaepernick has stayed committed to backing his reasoning for starting the “kneeling protest” in 2016. His positive instagram profile has done nothing but support organizations looking to help their communities and he has done the same. It’s a shame the media has created a villain out of a man who simply wanted to support those in need, but sometimes messages get lost in translation and through cultural differences. Kaepernick I’m sure, didn’t mean to offend anyone by kneeling, but in the world where offenses are seen everywhere, he became a casualty.
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When I started my #MillionDollarPledge and committed to donate $1,000,000 towards various programs – my original intent was to help the organizations on the ground doing much needed work within our communities. The goal was to help those helping others. To touch those impacting lives in a real way and to make sure that those in need benefited from the dollars donated. While on the journey, what I realized was the person that benefited the most from this pledge was myself. I've learned about and had the privilege to work with so many quality organizations fighting for Social Justice daily. I've met so many people that work with so many great non-profits that do amazing work. I've been humbled by the appreciation from places like Assata’s Daughters, United We Dream, and Standing Rock to name just a few of where my contributions from my pledge were able to help. The #MillionDollarPledge was never for me, or about me – It has, and always will continue to be for, and about the people. Perhaps what I've learned most is that we can all enact change. Not everyone has to donate monetarily. Some organizations need volunteers and time just as much as they need a donation. Head over to Kaepernick7.com to learn more about all the programs that have been a part of my #10for10 as well as my #MillionDollarPledge. While there, you can see where all the donations went as well as learn more about all these amazing organizations and how you can help contribute. We have work to do, and the only way to get it done is if we all work together.
I commend Kaepernick for staying focused and I think we can all agree that this is a pledge that deserved attention and completion, and Kaepernick did both. I doubt the mainstream media will cover his accomplishment, especially those who criticized him as being anti-Veteran, but he deserves recognition regardless.
Thank you Colin Kaepernick for staying focused and supporting what really matters.
For those curious as to how his $1 million was spent head over to http://kaepernick7.com/million-dollar-pledge-recap/ for more information.