San Francisco 49ers quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick is continuing to put his money where his mouth is, donating his massive sneaker collection to people in need.
Video has surfaced online of Kaepernick and his girlfriend Nessa Diab packing hundreds of pairs of fresh shoes and clothing – crispy, colorful Jordans, Nikes, and more – into garbage bags and donating them to local charities, orphanages, and homeless shelters. The Dorothy Day House in Berkeley was one of the included recipients.
In 2016, Kaepernick was thrust into the spotlight when he refused to stand for the National Anthem when it was played before NFL games. He said he would stand for the anthem after the United States began to protect people of color from systemic racism and police brutality. The move caused controversy, and he upset other people after revealing that he abstained from voting in the presidential election. But he has fueled the conversation and also taken personal
The move caused controversy, and he upset other people after revealing that he abstained from voting in the presidential election. But he has fueled the conversation, arguably more than any other public figure in the past few years. He has also taken personal stakes by pledging to donate $1 million of his salary, donating the proceeds from his rising jersey sales, and hosting a “Know Your Rights” camp for Bay Area children.
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