After 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a seat during the national anthem, lots of sports fans were wondering how the team would handle the “distraction.” Thankfully they are supporting Kaepernick and putting their money where their mouth is. It’s been reported that the 49ers will be donating $1 Million to community groups in the area that work against social inequality.
Niners CEO Jed York made detailed the 49ers’ donation in a statement:
“Today, I am committing that the 49ers Foundation will contribute $1 million to the cause of improving racial and economic inequality and fostering communication and collaboration between law enforcement and the communities they serve here in the Bay Area. We are partnering with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation in this effort. We have chosen to work with these two organizations because they have proven track records of affecting change in the face of challenging problems and have the collective reach to make the greatest impact. Silicon Valley Community Foundation is the largest community foundation in the world, managing $7.3 billion in assets and more than 1,800 philanthropic funds globally. The San Francisco Foundation has served the people of the Bay Area since 1948, almost as long as the 49ers franchise. We are excited to work with these two renowned foundations over the coming months to develop a giving plan to help our community find unifying solutions to these pressing issues.”
Both foundations do not have ties to Colin Kaepernick, who took to his Instagram to tell followers that he’d be donating proceeds from his jersey sales to community organizations.
Other football teams are also joining in on the cause. The Green Bay Packers and coach Mike McCarthy each made $100,000 donations to the Green Bay Police Foundation in an effort to enhance community-police relationships. McCarthy said:
“I’m excited to support the Green Bay Police Foundation and its work to help all the Green Bay communities build those relationships. It’s important so our children can grow, they can invest, and they can project a healthier and safer community. We want to shine a positive light on the enhancement of these engagement projects that are already in place.”
Hopefully more teams join in and we see more of these power moves being made!