Chance the Rapper's recent $1 million dollar donation to Chicago Public Schools has left NFL star Michael Bennett feeling inspired, so much so that he has now pledged to donate all of his 2017 endorsement money to charity.
The Seattle Seahawks defensive end announced the news in an Instagram post, sharing that his donation seeks to "help rebuild minority communities through s.t.e.a.m (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) programs, as well as initiatives that directly affect women of color."
Bennett, who is known for championing social causes, also announced that 50% of his jersey sale proceeds will be donated to programs and initiatives for inner-city garden projects. His current community work also includes fighting against childhood obesity through his charity, "The Bennett Foundation." Here is Bennett's full explanation, as shared on his personal Instagram page with a photo of his three daughters, below.
"I was inspired by Chance The Rapper to ‘think bigger’ when he pledged one million dollars to Chicago kids and their school system. So, I’ll be joining him by investing in the future of our youth. The system is failing our kids, and it will be up to the community and our leaders to help keep the hope alive by focusing on improving our education system and the future of our kids. Any company that decides to invest in me, just know that you’ll be investing in opportunities and providing inspiration for these families- many who feel unnoticed or go unmentioned. I have decided to donate all of my endorsement money in 2017 to help rebuild minority communities through s.t.e.a.m programs, as well as initiatives that directly affect women of color in hopes that we can create more opportunities for our youth and build a brighter future. In addition, 50% of the proceeds from my jersey sales this year will go to programs and initiatives to support inner-city garden projects, as it’s not only about providing opportunities in education and arts, but to help provide the right nutrition and access to healthy living to all. I’m asking all professional athletes to join me by donating a portion of your endorsements this year to a cause of your choice. We can make a difference. It’s up to us to help plant seeds of hope and help fuel the future. Power to the People, Michael Bennett”
Michael, thank you for continuing to use your platform to help support and nurture the future of the next generation.