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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has promised to donate all the money he earns from endorsements in 2017 to causes benefiting minority communities and empowering women of color, ESPN reports.
“I’ll be joining him by investing in the future of our youth,” Bennett said in a statement.
Bennett will also donate 50 percent of the proceeds from his jersey sales in 2017 to inner-city garden projects.
It’s up to us to help plant seeds of hope and help fuel the future.”
Bennett said he was inspired to make the pledge by Chance the Rapper, who is giving $1 million to the children of Chicago and the city’s public schools.
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Michael Bennett of Seattle Seahawks to donate endorsement money in 2017
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is looking to give back in 2017, pledging to donate his endorsement money and 50 percent of proceeds from his jersey sales to charity.
During the 2016 season, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett called on professional athletes to use their voices to promote social change.
Bennett said he will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from his jersey sales in 2017 to support inner-city garden projects.
Inspired by Chance the Rapper, Bennett has now pledged to donate all of his endorsement money in 2017 to causes that help rebuild minority communities and empower women of color.
“I was inspired by Chance the Rapper to ‘think bigger’ when he pledged one million dollars to Chicago kids and their school system,” Bennett said in a statement.
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(Photo: Troy Wayrynen, USA TODAY Sports)Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett announced Thursday he would donate all of his 2017 endorsement money and half the proceeds he receives from jersey sales to inner-city programs.
It’s up to us to help plant seeds of hope and help fuel the future.”(© 2017 USA TODAY)
Michael Bennett had stated previously that athletes should be more active in social causes and he made that plea again on Thursday.
Michael Bennett’s brother, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, raised a fist during the national anthem.
Bennett said Chance The Rapper, who donated $1 million to Chicago public schools this week, “inspired” him to make the pledge.
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