Michael Bennett is continuing his activism -- with his checkbook.
The Seahawks’ Pro Bowl defensive end announced on his Instagram account Thursday he will donate all of his endorsement money to help rebuild minority communities and help women of color.
The husband and a father to three daughters said he was inspired to do so by Chance the Rapper this week announcing he was donating $1 million to Chicago’s inner-city schools for arts and after-school programs.
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“I have decided to donate all of my endorsement money in 2017 to help rebuild minority communities through s.t.e.a.m programs (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), 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 wrote online. “In addition, 50% of the proceeds from my jersey sales this year will go to programs and initiatives to support inner-city garden project...”
Bennett began training camp last year calling on athletes to be more involved in social change.
Wednesday, International Women’s Day, Bennett wrote on The Players’ Tribune in support of “women who are less worried about a glass ceiling than they are about a collapsing floor.”
“We need change,” Bennett wrote, “and to quote Frederick Douglass, ‘If there is no struggle there is no progress.’”