Chance the Rapper inspired Michael Bennett to donate all of his 2017 endorsement money
Just two days ago, Chance the Rapper pledged to donate $1 million to public schools in his home city of Chicago. It was an inspiring gesture not just for those in the Windy City, but for people all across the country.
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett caught wind (no pun intended) of Chance’s decision and has also taken action. He vows to donate all of his endorsement money and half of his jersey sales in 2017 to help rebuild minority communities.
He announced the news on Instagram with a lengthy message, asking other athletes to join him and donate at least part of their endorsement money.
"I was inspired by Chance The Rapper to ‘think bigger’ when he pledged one million dollars to Chicago kids and their school system. So, I’ll be joining him by investing in the future of our youth. 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. In addition, 50% of the proceeds from my jersey sales this year will go to programs and initiatives to support inner-city garden projects, as it’s not only about providing opportunities in education and arts, but to help provide the right nutrition and access to healthy living to all. 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’s up to us to help plant seeds of hope and help fuel the future. Power to the People, Michael Bennett”
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This news comes just one day after Bennett wrote a lengthy piece advocating for equality on International Women’s Day.
Bennett is one of the most outspoken players in the NFL, and he’s continued to use his platform in the best way possible. He already supports the community through The Bennett Foundation, which helps fight childhood obesity.