Colin Kaepernick Spent His 32nd Birthday Giving Food to the Homeless | 22 Words

The NFL Quarterback turned human rights activist, Colin Kaepernick is an overall great guy. He just is. And, if you think otherwise, you seriously need to reevaluate your perspective on life.

Kaepernick made headlines in 2016 after he refused to stand during the national anthem during the 49ers third preseason game. The Quarterback's actions were in protest of police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the US.

Fast forward a couple of years, and Colin has launched his own foundation, the Know Your Rights Campaign, which aims to empower, assist, and educate those on their rights within law-enforcement. And, on top of all this, Colin also helps out amongst impoverished communities.

Did I mention that he is a great guy?

Anyway, Colin turned thirty-two over the weekend and, rather than partying it up, he dedicated his day to handing out food and other living essentials to the homeless community in Oakland. Amazing. Keep scrolling for the full story...

A little bit about Colin Kaepernick...

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Kaepernick, born in Milwaukee in 1987, is a former quarterback-turned-activist who is known for his political activism regarding systematic racism against African-Americans.

Kaepernick started his football career at a young age.

The now, thirty-two-year-old played college football for the University of Nevada. After graduating, he was selected by the San Fransisco 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

And this year, his behavior on the pitch sparked some controversy in the headlines...

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In 2016, during the 49ers third preseason game, Kaepernick began kneeling during the U.S. national anthem before games, rather than standing as is customary.

He knelt during the national anthem in protest of police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the U.S.

Speaking in an interview in 2016, Kaepernick said: "To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's a significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."

His kneeling was a sign of respect.

Kaepernick later said that he "couldn't show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." He opted for kneeling over sitting, however, as a sign of respect for the men and women who fight for the United States.

Kaepernick's actions inspired others...

His teammate, Eric Reid, soon began to kneel beside him, alongside other teammates such as Antoine Bethea, Eli Harold, Jaquiski Tartt, and Rashard Robinson.

The NFL's response wasn't positive...

Initially, the NFL released a statement claiming that players were only encouraged, and not required, to stand during the national anthem. But, in 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent. No team would offer him a contract, and, in October of that year, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him signed.

But Kaepernick's actions clearly left a mark on others...

As players continued to kneel. After Kaepernick's attorney stated that "athletes who protest peacefully should not be punished", public backlash mounted until team owners declared that all team personnel on the field must "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."

And, as a result...

He was used as the face for Nike's "Just Do It" campaign. For the thirtieth anniversary of the campaign in September 2018, Colin Kaepernick was used as the frontman of the global phenomenon, along with the headline: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."

Kaepernick is now endorsed by Nike.

The "sacrifice" is clearly in reference to his kneeling protests that resulted in him not being able to participate in the sport anymore. The fact that Nike used his image and beliefs to promote their brand is a huge step forward for the rights of black Americans and the racial injustices that still go on to this very day.

Kaepernick is yet to return to the sport he loves...

And he now throws the majority of his time into his own campaign, the Know Your Rights Campaign.

The Know Your Rights Campaign is Colin's own personal project...

And it aims to raise awareness on higher education, self-empowerment, and instructions on how to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.

Kaepernick recently completed his million-dollar pledge...

In which he donated $1,000,000 of his own money to thirty-seven different organizations fighting for justice such as Assata’s Daughters, Standing Rock, United We Dream and more.

And the activist has used his celebrity friend-group to his advantage...

Colin has rallied in the support of high-profile friends like Serena Williams, Alicia Keys, Steph Curry, Zendaya and over twenty more to match his donations. And, on top of this, he has raised almost an additional $400,000 for these organizations to continue their work on the ground in communities.

And, remarkably, that isn't all.

Colin also does a lot of work for impoverished communities across the country.

He spent his birthday giving a little something back...

Colin turned thirty-two on Sunday and, to celebrate, he dedicated his day to giving out backpacks full of food, water, socks, air quality masks, shampoo, and other crucial living resources to homeless residents in Oaktown.

In partnership with his foundation, Know Your Rights...

And with the help of his girlfriend, Nessa, Colin spent the day walking around handing out the backpacks to members of the community, which has been dubbed as "Tent City."

And the backpacks weren't all...

Colin also paid for a food truck to arrive and feed every member of the community.

But this isn't his first time giving something back...

Because the Know Your Rights Campaign Instagram account posted a "flashback" video to 2016 when Colin was again giving out food to the homeless in Oakland on his birthday.

The world needs more Colin Kaepernicks.

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And let's hope his compassionate and charitable ways will influence more high-profile people in the future. To read more about the reactions to Kaepernick's Nike advert, keep scrolling...