Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick may not be on an NFL roster, but he is still being honored by the NFL Players Association with a Week 1 honor.
On Friday morning, the NFLPA announced Kaepernick has been named the Week 1 Community MVP for his charitable contributions and grassroots outreach.
Kaepernick has been continuing his $1 million pledge since last season and in the month of September he announced $25,000 donations to four different charities.
The four charities Kaepernick donated to are:
DREAM, which provides after-school programs and youth sports opportunities to those in New York’s inner-city; Coalition for the Homeless; The Gathering for Justice’s War on Children, which is a program set to launch in 2018 to fight child incarceration; and United We Dream, which addresses inequalities and obstacles for immigrant youth.
Kaepernick then participated in a Back to School Backpack Giveaway with the Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York. Kaepernick handed out Nike backpacks filled with books and other items for the students who were in attendance.
To date, Kaepernick has donated a total of $900,000 to dozens of charities across the country. A complete breakdown of where his money has been gone can be seen on his $1 Million Pledge website.
The NFLPA release on Kaepernick’s honor can be seen below:
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) September 15, 2017
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Photo Credit: Instagram/Colin Kaepernick