SEATTLE SEAHAWKS defensive end Michael Bennett has announced he plans to donate all his 2017 endorsement earnings to minority charities.
In an Instagram post, the NFL star said he was “inspired by Chance The Rapper,” who earlier this week pledged a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools.
Michael says his endorsement money will be directed 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 colour”.
He added that 50 per cent of his jersey sales will go towards programs and initiatives that support inner-city garden projects.
“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,” he added.
Michael already carries out community work with his charity “The Bennett Foundation,” which was set up to help fight childhood obesity.
The Foundation says it has spent more than $240,000 on educational programs.