SAN FRANCISCO 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is sticking to his plan to donate $1 million to charities by the start of the next NFL season with an $100,000-a-month pledge.
This month, the 29-year-old has given his entire shoe collection, which was so large he had to convert his garage into a closet to store them, to Bay Area homeless shelters.
Colin began donating $100,000 a month beginning in October.
Each of the organisations addresses social issues and racial inequality, which sparked his decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem last year.
The donations are listed on his website, http://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,” he said.
Colin refused to stand during the National Anthem before an August 26 pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers.
The act sparked outrage among many fans, and put Kaepernick on the hot seat with some teammates and the NFL.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game.
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”