Colin Kaepernick Completes #10for10 Challenge Thanks to Some Celebrity Friends

February 3, 2018
Janice Boyd
Newburgh Gazette

On Wednesday, he completed his $1 million goal on the 10th day of his "10 for 10" donation plan. After watching the likes of Chris Brown, Serena Williams, Steph Curry and more shell out hefty contributions, Kaepernick concluded his 10-day challenge after tapping Usher for a $10,00 donation to the H.O.M.E. (Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure) charity in Lithonia, Georgia.

The 30-year-old athlete launched his #MillionDollarPledge campaign in September 2016 announcing that he would donate $100,000 a month for 10 months to various organizations across the United States that focused on helping their communities. The former pro footballer vowed back in 2017 to donate $1 million and all proceeds from his 2016 National Football League season jersey sales to organizations working in oppressed communities.

"It has been an honor for me to serve the people with my #MillionDollarPledge", wrote Kaep.

In the tweet and video, Kaepernick also thanked everyone who matched donations.

I am happy to announce I have completed my #MillionDollarPledge. This is a result of us helping each other. More than a year after he started the campaign, Kaepernick reached his goal with the help of singer Usher. "We all become stronger", he said.

"When Kaepernick began his protest, he said at a press conference that he wanted to" be able to affect change and I think there are a lot of other people who do as well", and said he would donate the million dollars and the proceeds of his jersey sales from the 2016 season. A few of those included Angel By Nature in Houston, Imagine LA in Los Angeles, Mothers Against Police Brutality in Dallas, Advancement Project in Washington DC and Communities United for Police Reform in NY.

Ever since Kaepernick made headlines for kneeling in protest during the national anthem, he has continued his activist streak off of the playing field, setting the bar high for other athletes and celebrities to get involved in their communities as well. However, he earned just $40 million of his contract as he opted out of the contract in March 2017 to become a free agent. Newburgh Gazette