Colin Kaepernick was named the NFL Players Association’s Week 1 Community MVP Friday while not currently on an NFL roster.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, was praised for “empowering under-served communities through donations and grassroots outreach.” This included $100,000 in donations on Sept. 7, when Kaepernick gave $25,000 each to four different charities: The innercity youth group DREAM; an equality foundation for immigrant youth, United We Dream, a group that fights child incarceration; The Gathering for Justice’s War on Children, and Coalition for the Homeless
The NFLPA also honored Kaepernick for his efforts in a back-to-school backpack giveaway this past week.
Kaepernick remains unsigned after a 2016 season in which he drew national headlines for kneeling during the national anthem, his way of advocating against racial injustice in America. Last September, he pledged to donate $1 million of his salary to 24 different organizations. According to his foundation’s web site, $900,000 has currently been donated.