Colin Kaepernick is sticking to his plan to donate $1 million by the start of the next NFL season.
The 49ers quarterback, who grabbed national attention when he refused to stand for the national anthem five months ago, has donated another $100,000 to groups benefiting everything from nutrition in Minnesota to health care for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members in North Dakota.
Kaepernick began donating $100,000 a month beginning in October. Each of the organizations addresses social issues and racial inequality, which sparked Kaepernick’s anthem stance. The donations are listed on his website, www.Kaepernick7.com, which Kaepernick said was created to document where every dollar has gone.
“To make sure not only that I’m transparent in what I’m doing, but (also) that these organizations are transparent with where the money is going as well,” Kaepernick said.
The biggest chunk from the latest donations, $50,000, went towards UCSF’s mission to help create a free health clinic at the camp of the Standing Rock Lakota Dakota. They and their supporters have been at the center of protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which they say threatens the water supply for the area.
Another $25,000 went to a group called Appetite for Change, which encourages healthier diets in Minneapolis. The final $25,000 is for a Chicago group that seeks better housing and nutrition for families in the city’s south-side neighborhoods.
Kaepernick’s protests have roiled the country, with some athletes – many in high school and younger – adopting his stance and others offended that he would disrespect a national symbol. President-elect Donald Trump suggested Kaepernick find a better country if he’s unhappy with this one.
Also controversial was the quarterback’s admission in November that he didn’t vote in the most recent election. The Sacramento Bee subsequently reported that Kaepernick, 29, never has registered to vote.
In response he said, “There’s more than one way to create change.”
On Monday, one day after the 49ers’ season ended, he spent the day handing out shoes, clothing and books at Bay Area homeless shelters and orphanages.
Later this month he will hold another “Know Your Rights” camp in which he and others give young people advice on education, finances, health and fitness. He also plans to hold his annual Camp Taylor outing – benefiting children with heart issues – on June 17.
At his current pace, Kaepernick’s final $100,000 in donations will be announced at the beginning of August when players report to training camp.
Will he still be with the 49ers? As of now he is due to make nearly $15 million for the upcoming season. The 49ers, however, can release him at any point while Kaepernick has the ability to opt out of his deal and test free agency.