Free agent and former 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaeperick, is still putting in work. His Kapernick’s Foundation recently donated $100,000 to the DREAM, Coalition for The Homeless, War on Children, and United We Dream groups on Sept 7. In August, the foundation gave $33,000 to the Lower East Side Girls Club.
The foundation also gave $34,000 to rapper and St. John’s alum J.Cole’s non-profit group, Dreamville (also the name of his record label) and another $33,000 to 100 Suits for 100 Men.
Dreamville foundation is based in Fayetteville, North Carolina (Cole’s hometown). The mission of the group is to help, support, inspire, encourage, empower and aid young people in the urban areas.
“I want to start the process of showing them there are other options besides what’s on screen. They don’t have to be rapper or an athlete, there are people who manage the rappers, who book the shows. There are so many jobs you can do, this is about expanding their minds to those possibilities.” (founder of Dreamville, J.Cole).
Dreamville has the following programs, the “Back to School Supply Giveaway”, the “Annual Dreamville Weekend”, “The Dreamville Foundation X DTLR Young Men’s Book Club”, and “The Nobody’s Perfect Writing Contest and Mother’s Day Brunch.”
During the summer, Cole show his support for Kaepernick at a concert in Baltimore (the Raven’s owner, Steve Biscotti and others in the organization were in talks about signed the quarterback but decided against it, due to fear of backlash from the fans and potential negativity. Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem in 2016 as part of a peaceful protest to bring awareness to social injustice toward blacks and other minorities).
The rapper said “Baltimore, the type of s**t that’s happening here, don’t you think somebody should risk they’re whole livelihood land their whole life to talk about this s**t? Even if it cost them they money, they job, they life? Don’t that sound like Colin Kaepernick? Don’t that sound like what he doing? And he trying to come to Baltimore, the city that seems to need that s**t for real.”
Kaepernick and Cole will team up to create and support new projects within the Dreamville foundation in the near future.
In May, the former 49ers quarterback gave 50 suits to the 100 Suits for 100 Men, a Jamaica, Queens company that provides assist to former prisoners by “helping them get jobs and giving them free business attire, haircuts, and job training.”
The organization was founded in 2011 by Kevin Livingston, who is the president and is very grateful for the donation by the free agent.
“We very appreciative and the money is going to support the work that we do throughout the city. We are going to take the money and expand our program in paroling”, said Livingston.
The money will help with the cost of dry cleaning, getting new suits and shirts, fix the company’s vehicle for transportation, gas for frequent trips to Riker’s Island plus the women’s prison and money for women’s programs, supplies for the office and equipment (laptop, printer, etc), and salary to give to volunteers.
Kaepernick has donated a total of $900,000 to different cities and groups/foundations/organizations that are gear towards helping blacks and/or minorities and oppressed people. He is close to reaching his goal of giving a total of million dollars.
“He’s keeping his promises to folks of color. To the people mocking Colin, my five words are: What have you done lately?” said Livingston. “What are you doing for the cause? If you aren’t doing something, what gives you the right to question that man?”