Colin Kaepernick announced Wednesday a plan for how he would finalize his “Million Dollar Pledge.”
The former 49ers quarterback, who missed the 2017 NFL season as teams refused to sign him, said he’ll give $10,000 to 10 different charities over 10 days. The groups will receive an extra $10,000 from celebrities who are matching Kaepernick’s effort.
The first to be identified was Silicon Valley De-Bug, a group that benefits youth, immigrants and low-wage families in the South Bay. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant matched the donation.
For the last round of my #MillionDollarPledge I’m going #10for10! My brother @KDTrey5 is joining & chose DeBug in the Bay Area! I’m donating $10k, KD’s donating $10k! Thank you brother for all the hard work! See it on https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq & check tomorrow to see who’s joining! pic.twitter.com/G4Ltvcv4rb
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 17, 2018
“For the last round of my #MillionDollarPledge I’m going #10for10!” Kaepernick posted on his Twitter account. “My brother @KDTrey5 is joining & chose DeBug in the Bay Area! I’m donating $10k, KD’s donating $10k! Thank you brother for all the hard work! See it on http://kaepernick7.com & check tomorrow to see who’s joining.”
ESPN reports Kaepernick and Durant’s donation will help offset travel costs for families visiting loved ones in prison, as well as the campaign for a law that would help young people who are incarcerated. It will also go to people who can’t afford bail, while funding initiatives that aim to end the bail process.
Durant’s teammate, Stephen Curry, will also contribute $10,000, the Golden State guard confirmed on Wednesday.
“I knew about Kaepernick’s million-dollar pledge almost a year ago. He put his money where his mouth is,” Curry told reporters. “… That opportunity to rally around what Kaepernick stands for, and his mission to better his community with financial resources, that’s huge. I think it’s a small gesture we all can do.”
Curry’s donation, which hasn’t been officially announced yet, will go to United Playaz — a “violence prevention and youth development organization” based out of San Francisco but works in Oakland as well.
United Playaz was represented at the Warriors’ Chase Center groundbreaking last year and maintains ties to the team.
“Their leadership is always present to get as many resources as they can to communities around Oakland,” Curry said. “A lot of this is centered around kids and making sure they’re in productive activities, giving them father figures to look up to.”
Durant and Curry have been outspoken supporters of Kaepernick for most of the last year. Sports Illustrated published a cringeworthy cover of Curry linking arms with LeBron James and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the wake of President Donald Trump’s comments calling for the end of protests during the national anthem. The former unanimous MVP was upset that the editors didn’t include Kaepernick in the illustration.
“That was terrible. It’s just kind of capitalizing on the hoopla and the media and all that nonsense,” Curry told reporters at the time. “The real people that understand exactly what’s been going on, and who’s really been active and vocal and truly making a difference, if you don’t have Kaepernick front and center on that, something’s wrong.”