San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s refusal to stand for the national anthem until there is serious change in the way people of color are treated in this country has been the biggest story in the NFL for the last two weeks. Anyone and everyone is making their opinion on Kaepernick’s stance — and method of protest — known, from teammates to opponents to media members and players in other sports.
“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and to be able to make the kind of money I do,” Kaepernick said when announcing his donation. “And I have to help these people. I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in a position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed.”
On Thursday, the 49ers followed his lead.
BREAKING: The @49ers have pledged $1 million to a pair of Bay Area groups to address various social inequities. Story to come.
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) September 8, 2016
According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, the two groups are the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation.
Per their respective websites, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation “is a comprehensive center of philanthropy. With visionary leadership, strategic grant-making and world-class expertise, we partner with donors to strengthen the common good locally and throughout the world”; while the San Francisco Foundation has since 1948 “been firmly committed to serving the people of our region. We are an incubator for community investment, original ideas, and passionate leadership in the Bay Area. As one of the nation’s largest community foundations in grant-making and assets, we give millions of dollars a year to make the Bay Area the best place it can be.”
Source: CBS Sports / Report: 49ers will donate million to ‘address various social inequities’