SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) --Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people.
"I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate," wrote former 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh in an essay penned in support of Kaepernick for the TIME 100 issue. "I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech."
Kaepernick previously pledged to donate $1 million plus all the proceeds of his jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities. So far he has donated at least $600,000 to charity. Silicon Valley De-Bug in San Jose, and Causa Justa/Just Cause in Oakland and San Francisco are two of the groups that have received funding from the Colin Kaepernick Foundation.
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Last fall Kaepernick also funded and launched the 'Know Your Rights Camp,' a program aimed at youth to raise awareness on higher education, self-empowerment and instruction on how to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios. The camps have since been offered in Oakland and New York City.
Kaepernick made headlines at the start of the 2016 season for his refusal to stand during the national anthem. In doing so, he urged people to recognize and speak out against racial injustice.
"His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story," said Harbaugh. "How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick."
Other notable figures who made the list include Viola Davis, John Legend, Jeff Bezos, Melinda Gates and President Donald Trump.
The issue hits newsstands Friday, April 21, 2017.
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