The final push started this week for the remaining $100,000. Beginning Wednesday, the ex-49ers quarterback said he will give $10,000 a day for the next 10 days to an organization of his choice, and one celebrity will match that donation.
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has made a matching $10,000 donation.
“KD, thank you so much, brother, for continuing to uplift and empower our communities,” Kaepernick said in a video posted to his Twitter account. “We love and appreciate you.”
Kaepernick became a lightning rod in 2016 when he refused to stand during the National Anthem, protesting what he believes are racial injustices and ongoing police brutality in the United States. He drew fierce criticism from some by kneeling but also inspired other athletes — from elementary schools to professional leagues — to join his movement.
In March, Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract and became a free agent. No NFL team signed him. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October, accusing it of collusion.
Kaepernick’s money has been distributed all over the country, including to groups in New York, Phoenix, Chicago, Dallas, Baltimore, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Milwaukee as well as organizations in smaller communities such as Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Lithonia, Georgia.
Another donation, according to Kaepernick’s website, was $50,000 for a plane to deliver food and water to famine areas of Somalia.
News credit : Cnn