Today, on what would have been boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali's 76th birthday, Colin Kaepernick announced his "final rounds of $100,000 donations to complete (his) Million Dollar Pledge."
Back in September of 2016 when he still played for the San Francisco 49ers and was protesting police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem, Kaepernick made a promise to donate one million dollars to organizations working in oppressed communities. Since then, he has donated $900,000 to 31 organizations.
Now for his final round of $100,000 donations, Kaepernick introduced a 10-day initiative called 10 for 10, where he will be donating $10,000 a day for the next 10 days. This time around, Kaepernick asked his peers what organizations he should donate to.
Chosen by NBA star Kevin Durant, the first recipient of Kaepernick's 10 for 10 initiative will be Silicon Valley De-Bug, who "initiates and leads campaigns advancing the rights of youth, workers, immigrants and those impacted by police and the criminal justice system." Durant also matched Kaepernick's $10,000 donation.
Today I am proud to announce for the last round of $100k donations for my #MillionDollarPledge I am going #10for10! Teaming up with one of my friends to match a donation to an organization fighting for social justice. My brother @KevinDurant wanted to join me and chose De-Bug in the Bay Area to donate to! De-Bug initiates and leads campaigns advancing the rights of youth, workers, immigrants and those impacted by police and the criminal justice system. I’m donating $10k, KD is donating $10k! Thank you, brother for all your hard work and joining me! You are truly a champion on, and off the court! See it all on kaepernick7.com and check tomorrow to see who’s joining me to donate!
"As we welcome 2018, we also see that our work is not done," Kaepernick wrote on Instagram. "I'm excited to share this last round of donations with you all.
Visit www.kaepernick7.com to see what organizations Kaepernick already donated to and how each utilized the funds. Colin, thank you for using your platform to continue the work.