Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has always been a charitable guy. This year he takes that even further.
In a press release today, star Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett announced he will donate all of the money he receives from endorsements to help rebuild minority communities. He also plans to work with initiatives that help women of color. It is his hope that by doing this, he’ll help create more opportunities for youth and “build a brighter future”.
Bennett also plans to donate 50% of his jersey sales to support programs that build inner city gardens. “It’s not only about providing opportunities in education and arts, but to help provide the right nutrition and access to healthy living for all.”
One of the ways he plans on helping is through the STEAM program. Science Technology Engineering Arts Math (STEAM) uses community members to help children with their education.
Bennett said he was inspired by Chance the Rapper, who pledged a million dollars to the Chicago school system. Chance’s donation will be used to support the arts and after-school programs, which were hard hit as Chicago struggles to fund their schools.
Bennett has always been vocal on social issues. Yesterday, he wrote a piece for The Players Tribune on why he supported the Women’s Strike that coincided with International Women’s Day. Earlier this year, he opted out of a trip to Israel with other NFL players as he felt he was being used for something he didn’t agree with.
According to the press release, The Bennett Foundation, run by Michael and his wife, Pele, will be sourcing the different charities that he will be working with. It is his hope that this will inspire other athletes to do something similar. “It’s up to us to plant the seeds of hope and help fuel the future.”
There are those that believe Bennett should just stick to football, but most fans appreciate his activism and devotion to his community. Lets hope more players follow in his footsteps.