Colin Kaepernick is cementing himself as a cultural icon, a game changer, for all his ups and downs on the field he is shining brighter than anyone could have imagined off.
This week was a bye week for the 49ers, Colin could have traveled, rested, laid low to get away from all the stress from his protest press coverage. BUT, no, he was packing backpacks for kids at a camp he and a few friends organised in Oakland.
This camp was a "I know my Rights" camp for underprivileged kids. This camp aimed to teach these kids the foundations of living a full live. From simple health and fitness to financial literacy, what to do with police brutality and with a bunch of serious professionals on hand to coach these future game changers.
Colin is making a difference and these young kids will see him as a model and a man to spring board off into a better world for themselves.
The NY Daily News's Shaun King was invited to the camp with his son and he wrote:
When EZ and I arrived at the venue in Oakland, it was immediately clear that that it was the definition of grassroots. Colin and just a few volunteers were actually managing the event, located at Impact Hub Oakland. Even though I've been a fan of Colin for years, and he and I have stayed in touch for most of this year, we had never met face-to-face. He's a tall, strong dude. With his Afro out, he was clearly the tallest man in the room. Quick to smile, his eyes are fresh and intensely focused on whomever is in front of him.
And on the event, Colin said:
"I didn't just want to hire someone to come in and do this. We did all of this ourselves. We even opted out of corporate sponsors because we just wanted the freedom to say exactly what we thought the kids we've brought here today need to hear and learn. I told myself that if I was going to do this type of work, that I was going to actually do it myself," he said.
The idea of the camp was inspired by the Black Panther Party and their 10 point plan. The camp laid out 10 rights that the kids had the right to know and were listed on the back of the camp t-shirts.
The rights are:
- You have the right to be free.
- You have the right to be healthy.
- You have the right to be brilliant.
- You have the right to be safe.
- You have the right be loved.
- You have the right to be courageous.
- You have the right to be alive.
- You have the right to be trusted.
- You have the right to be educated.
- You have the right to know your rights.
Colin and his fellow organisers hope to replicate this camp nationwide.
Read more here in the NY Daily News.
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