Michael Bennett to Donate 2017 Endorsement Money to Minority Causes; Urges Others to Do The Same
Michael Bennett is trying to make a change in the world.
The Seattle Seahawks defensive end recently decided to donate all his endorsement money in 2017 to groups promoting social change, specifically focusing on women of color and rebuilding underrepresented communities. His inspiration came from Chance the Rapper, who donated $1 million to Chicago public schools.
“The system is failing our kids, and it will be up to the community and our leaders to help keep the hope alive by focusing on improving our education system and the future of our kids. Any company that decides to invest in me, just know that you’ll be investing in opportunities and providing inspiration for these families—many who feel unnoticed or go unmentioned.
I have decided to donate all of my endorsement money in 2017 to help rebuild minority communities through S.T.E.A.M. programs, as well as initiatives that directly affect women of color in hopes that we can create more opportunities for our youth and build a brighter future.”
Bennett is also lobbying for other professional athletes to do the same.
“I’m asking all professional athletes to join me by donating a portion of your endorsements this year to a cause of your choice. We can make a difference. It up to us to help plant the seeds of hope and fuel the future.
Power to the people, Michael Bennett”
Bennett’s endorsement money will be funneled to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs in minority communities, while 50% of the money he gets from the sales of his No. 72 Seahawks jerseys will go to inner-city garden projects.