Colin Kaepernick was once one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the NFL, but lost his starting position in San Francisco at the beginning of the 2016 season.
Despite this, he has maintained his national presence by controversially kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, creating waves throughout the league all season. Motivated by the oppression of people of color and police brutality in the United States, he is using his position of power to speak up for the voiceless.
Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee to a single white mother, and now is giving back to the area. He recently made a $25,000 contribution to Urban Underground, a local organization whose goal it is to encourage teenagers to make positive impacts on the community, according to Fox 6 Now.
Violence and crime are rampant in this neighborhood, and any program that tries to combat them is going to have a hard time because of the limited budget and staff. Originally, Kaepernick’s agent called the group and asked what they could accomplish with more money, and a few weeks later they received a check from the player. Obviously, the money will help, and they are currently discussing using it for new computers, new vans, and trying to recruit new members.
Additionally, Kaepernick donated another $25,ooo dollars to a campaign known as “I Will Not Die Young.” It’s a national organization, but has a presence in Milwaukee. The organization focuses on keeping kids off the street by providing empowerment workshops. It encourages at-risk youth to channel their energy into productive activities, in hopes that the group members will have the resources to tackle the challenges they, their friends, their family, and their community are facing.
By contributing to the cause, Kaepernick is helping provide hope for hundreds of kids in the Milwaukee area. He has stood up for what he believes is right, and then gone the extra step to show the battle is not over.
Kaepernick has continued plans to donate one million dollars to similar organizations in the near future.