Seattle Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett has played in two Super Bowls, two Pro Bowls and was a part of the 2013 Seahawks team that beat Denver in Super Bowl XLIX.
Bennett has always been one of the more outspoken players in the NFL. Last year, he called on professional athletes to speak up and promote social change.
Today, on his Instagram page, Number 72 pledged to donate all of his endorsement money in 2017 to help causes that rebuild minority communities and empower women of color.
“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,” Bennett said. “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 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”
Bennett talked about using his platform to create change on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning back in January.
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) January 26, 2017
(PHOTO CREDIT: Jeffrey Beall)