49ers will donate $1 million to Bay Area charities


A week after quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he’ll donate $1 million, his team will match it.
The 49ers have pledged $1 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation to address social inequities, the team announced. The news comes a week after Kaepernick pledged to donate the first $1 million he earned this season to charities to assist underserved communities.

“Today, I am committing that the 49ers Foundation will contribute $1 million to the cause of improving racial and economic inequality and fostering communication and collaboration between law enforcement and the communities they serve here in the Bay Area,” CEO Jed York said in a statement. “… We have chosen to work with these two organizations because they have proven track records of affecting change in the face of challenging problems and have the collective reach to make the greatest impact.”

“Silicon Valley Community Foundation is the largest community foundation in the world, managing $7.3 billion in assets and more than 1,800 philanthropic funds globally. The San Francisco Foundation has served the people of the Bay Area since 1948, almost as long as the 49ers franchise. We are excited to work with these two renowned foundations over the coming months to develop a giving plan to help our community find unifying solutions to these pressing issues.”

On Wednesday, Kaepernick said he’ll also donate the proceeds he receives from his top-selling jersey. Kaepernick’s jersey sales have soared since his decision to not stand during the national anthem became a national story that inspired reaction from President Barack Obama and caused other athletes to follow him.
Kaepernick is aiming to raise awareness for issues such as racial inequality and police brutality.

“It was something that, the jersey sales jumped because people’s belief that there can be change, and we can make this country better, and that they believe that I was someone that could help that change,” Kaepernick said Wednesday. “And, for me, that support is something I have to give back to the communities for that cause, because that’s what their belief is, that’s what my belief is. And we can work towards a common goal.”

Last week, 49ers safety Eric Reid joined Kaepernick in kneeling for the national anthem. Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane and professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe have also followed Kaepernick, and three West Virginia Tech volleyball players knelt for the national anthem Wednesday night.

Source: SF Gate

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