Here’s something about Colin Kaepernick you aren’t hearing about right now! The QB might be making headlines for his controversial political stances, but the he recently donated thousands of dollars worth of school supplies to students in the New York area, too. Get the details here!
Colin, 28, and TV and radio personality, Nessa Diab, 33, teamed up to bring a school drive to Harlem and the South Bronx. Having come from communities similar to these areas in New York, and since they’ve worked there throughout their careers, Nessa and Colin wanted to give back to the cities by “lessening one burden by providing Nike backpacks to students,” according to Nessaonair.com. They definitely made an impact on both communities by donating $60,000 dollars worth of backpacks. OMG, that’s incredible!
The first event took place at Harlem’s RBI DREAM Charter School during its middle school orientation, while the second event occurred at Patterson Family Day in South Bronx. Nessa met with students at the schools, taking pictures and handing them their very own backpacks. Colin, who was at training camp for the football season, couldn’t attend, but he video-chatted with some of the students. SO sweet!
“We must invest in our youth because they are the future leaders of our community,” Colin said. “I want them to know that we appreciate and care for them. In doing so, we must provide all the necessary tools for them to succeed and I will do whatever I can to ensure we do that as a community.”
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been getting a lot of slack in the press lately after he refused to stand in attention during the national anthem at the beginning of recent football games in protest of police brutality and injustice. Colin stated that he would continue to sit while the national anthem played, until he felt like the anthem represented an America that served justice and equal treatment for all.
His political stand has split many fans — some believing it was an honorable and brave act, while others have branded him as unpatriotic. While many will have their own opinions about Colin’s choice of activism, whether it’s good or bad, it’s undeniable that his back to school drive is nothing short of heroic.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Colin and Nessa’s drive in Harlem and South Bronx?