San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is beginning to follow through on his “Million Dollar Pledge,” and one of his donations may be of particular interest to environmental activists.
According to teleSUR, Kaepernick’s latest charitable efforts include a $50,000 check to the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic Partnership, a free clinic at the Standing Rock camp. That’s ground zero for protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline.
Kaepernick’s web site breaks down exactly how the money will be spent, as it does for all efforts that are a part of the Pledge. Fifty percent will go toward paying the salaries of Mni Wiconi’s doctors and nurses, 25 percent is set aside to help build a mobile clinic, 15 percent for medical supplies and 10 percent to help cover liability insurance.
Kaepernick first gained a newfound notoriety in August when he began protesting the United States national anthem over racial inequality. As a follow-up to sweeping criticisms, the six-year veteran announced he would put his money where his mouth is and begin putting his NFL salary toward righting injustices. In November, Kaepernick revealed the details of what became known as the Million Dollar Pledge.
Say what you want about the vehicle Kaepernick used to bring attention to his causes. The fact is he’s serious about making the world a better place, and he’s doing something about it beyond protesting.