Colin Kaepernick is close to the end zone of his Million Dollar Pledge, and he kicked off day four by collaborating with Snoop Dogg to raise a $35,000 donation for Mothers Against Police Brutality.
Snoop Dogg initially teamed up with the former NFL quarterback to donate $10,000 to Dallas-based MAPB. Kaepernick matched the donation with $10,000 of his own. The rapper later decided to add $15,000 more, bringing the total amount to $35,000.
Kaepernick shared the news on his social media account through a video featuring the famous rapper. The initial pledge was announced on the official Million Dollar Pledge website and in Kaepernick's Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Day4: @snoopdogg is the latest 2 join my #MillionDollarPledge!$20k to Mothers Against Police Brutality! @fightingmothers unites mothers who've lost children 2 police https://t.co/MLPsYw5EC7 Snoop always finds time 2 give back. All donation info #10for10 @ https://t.co/aK6dKa5Boa pic.twitter.com/jpbWOgHP40
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 22, 2018
Uncle @snoopdogg called & said he wants to donate $15k MORE to my #MillionDollarPledge! He loves the work Mothers Against Police Brutality is doing so much, now they're getting a total of $35k! Thank you Snoop for recognizing the good work they do! Go to https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq! pic.twitter.com/1f3g2dFDEn — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 22, 2018
"When I heard about the great works he was doing in the community, I decided to pledge $10,000 to match what he's doing, because I love what he's doing," Snoop Dogg says. "I love doing great work in the community and Kaepernick, keep up the great work."
Mothers Against Police Brutality is an organization composed of women who lost their children to police violence.
The #10for10 Campaign
This collaboration happened on the fourth day of Kaepernick's 10-day distribution of the last $100,000 of his Million Dollar Pledge. MDP is a philanthropic endeavor that benefitted over 40 organizations since it began in 2016. Kaepernick's #10for10 campaign is the final leg of the charitable event and the former NFL star pledged to donate $10,000 every day to an organization his friends chose for him.
On the first day, Kaepernick and Golden States Warrior forward Kevin Durant both gave $10,000 to the advocacy organization Debug. Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams matched Kaepernick's $10,000 on the second day, and the proceeds went to The Advancement Project, a civil rights organization in Washington D.C. For the campaign's third day, Golden States Warrior point guard Stephen Curry and Kaepernick each gave $10,000 to United Playaz, a violence prevention and youth development program based in San Francisco, California.
Giving Back To The Community
The former NFL quarterback is currently a free agent, but Kaepernick remains in the public eye due to his philanthropic efforts.
The sports star was even named as a runner-up for Time's Person of the Year for 2017 for his role in peaceful protest and community service. Kaepernick is known for spearheading the movement that had athletes kneeling during the national anthem to protest of racism and police brutality.
Due to his off-the-field activities and controversies which brings too much distraction to the game, NFL teams shy away from the experienced quarterback. In October 2017, Kaepernick filed a collusion case against NFL teams over this.
During an appearance in Undisputed, Snoop Dogg revealed his thoughts about the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's dedication to the community.
"I think he's blackballed and I think his mind isn't on football anymore," Snoop explains. "He's focused on the community. He's focused on what's going on every day in these communities and that's outweighing the football mentality that he had, which makes it easier for the league to blackball him and continue to not give him a job, which he's walking away from peacefully."