Colin Kaepernick has been in the news a lot over the past few months and depending on your personal views, it could be for all the good or all the bad reasons. Or maybe you’re more in the middle and it’s good or bad depending on what it is.
Despite your views on what Kaepernick has done over the past few months, hopefully everyone can at least agree he’s doing something great here. The 49ers quarterback has donated his incredibly massive shoe collection to a homeless shelter in San Francisco.
As you can see, Kaepernick had enough shoes that he probably couldn’t wear all of them for the rest of his life. And considering that video was from a year and a half ago, Kaepernick probably got even more shoes during that time.
In addition to clothes and books, Kaepernick filled a moving van with full garbage bags of shoes for those less fortunate than him.
After sitting and then kneeling for the National Anthem to raise attention about the unequal treatment of black people, Kaepernick was in the news after the Presidential election, saying that he didn’t vote because voting for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would have been choosing the “lesser of two evils, but it’s still evil.” Kaepernick then wore a Fidel Castro shirt when the 49ers were in Miami to face the Dolphins, angering the local Cuban community. Many of them either fled or had relatives flee Cuba because of Castro’s communist takeover in the 1960’s.
Amid all that, Kaepernick has done things for the community that at least shows he’s trying to “walk the walk” in addition to “talking the talk” with his social justice campaign. Kaepernick donated a million dollars to various causes. Kaepernick details what he donates and to who on his website. After learning his jersey sales went up, Kaepernick pledged to donate 100% of his proceeds from those sales to local causes in San Francisco.
With everything going on in sports, it’s great to see someone doing something like this to try and make the world a better place. Kaepernick clearly isn’t the only athlete doing that and that’s great. It’s refreshing to be talking about something like this instead of having to talk about Joe Mixon or Johnny Manziel.
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