Colin Kaepernick Set to Complete $1 Million Pledge to Promote Social Justice

The final $100K of his Million Dollar Pledge has found its destination.

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Some folks can’t stand Colin Kaepernick. Others love what the former NFL quarterback stands (or kneels) and fights for.

Whatever your take on the former San Francisco 49ers gunslinger, there’s no denying that he’s done one of the best jobs in recent memory of using his platform as a professional athlete to make an impact on the world. Since the league blacklisted him about a year ago, he’s set out to do as much good for humanity and social justice as possible.

Back in September of 2016, Kaepernick embraced his pariah status, pledging $1 million of his own money to help advance equal rights, social justice and well-being for those less fortunate than him. Although it didn’t fix the general public’s views on the outspoken signal caller, he became a symbol for change, inspiring many other NFL players to take a knee during the national anthem like he did during what appears to have been his final year in the league.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and to be able to make the kind of money that I do and I have to help these people,” said Kaepernick. “I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given those opportunities to success.”

This past season, NFL players kneeled, raised fists or locked arms in solidarity, earning the chastisement of fans, celebrities and even the President of the United States along the way. At one point, even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined in on the fun despite rumors of his burning opposition of the act. Still, we saw men from nearly even team follow in Kaepernick’s footsteps — especially former 49ers teammates such as Eric Reid and Eli Harold.

Well now, after $900K in donations and countless knees planted in NFL stadiums, Kaepernick has finally reached his lofty goal of donating $1 million to help pave the way towards a brighter future. The below video was posted on his Instagram page on Tuesday:

I'm proud to say that as part of my Million Dollar Pledge, I've donated $900,000 to 31 organizations fighting toward social justice. Its been a privilege to be able to do my part in helping organizations like Mother’s Against Police Brutality to provide comfort and support for families when law enforcement kills a community member, Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure to provide furniture to single mothers and Meals on Wheels who feed those less fortunate – just to highlight a few. Hearing about how each organization utilized the donations reaffirms that people doing good work need more support. As we welcome 2018, we also see that our work is not done. Tomorrow, I'll be announcing the final $100,000 to complete my Million Dollar Pledge. I'm excited to share this last round of donations with all of you. You can see all 31 donations I’ve made so far and what they used the money for on http://www.kaepernick7.com #MillionDollarPledge #10for10

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Here’s the text that accompanied his Instagram video:

I’m proud to say that as part of my Million Dollar Pledge, I’ve donated $900,000 to 31 organizations fighting toward social justice. Its been a privilege to be able to do my part in helping organizations like Mother’s Against Police Brutality to provide comfort and support for families when law enforcement kills a community member, Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure to provide furniture to single mothers and Meals on Wheels who feed those less fortunate – just to highlight a few. Hearing about how each organization utilized the donations reaffirms that people doing good work need more support.

As we welcome 2018, we also see that our work is not done.

Tomorrow, I’ll be announcing the final $100,000 to complete my Million Dollar Pledge. I’m excited to share this last round of donations with all of you. You can see all 31 donations I’ve made so far and what they used the money for on http://www.kaepernick7.com #MillionDollarPledge #10for10

So where did the rest of the money go? If you check out his personal website, you can see what’s essentially an itemized list of all of the good he’s done with that $900K. From retreats for families who have lost loved ones to police violence, to providing a place to sleep for single mothers in Georgia, Kaepernick has embodied the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., who we recently celebrated this past Monday.

Even when the final $100K has been spent on whatever Kaepernick’s latest cause is, it seems safe to assume he’ll still be out there spreading hope, courage and power. He’s become a pillar for pride and equality for minorities, while inspiring millions of others to stand up for what’s right. Whether or not you like as a football player, you have to appreciate the commotion he’s created to raise awareness and tell our country that enough is enough.

Kaepernick may not be playing in the NFL anymore, but he’s not going away anytime soon. Big kudos to him for using his hard-earned money to help this country (and planet) take steps towards much-needed change.