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Michael Bennett was inspired by Chance The Rapper to donate his 2017 endorsements

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Seahawks defensive tackle Michael Bennett wanted to do more for the community, and now with the inspiration of Chance The Rapper, he’s doing it. On Thursday Bennett released the following statement outlining his plan for 2017.

I was inspired by Chance The Rapper to ‘think bigger’ when he pledged one million dollars to Chicago kids and their school system. So, I’ll be joining him by investing in the future of our youth.

Bennett already works with the community through “The Bennett Foundation,” which helps to fight childhood obesity and assist under-served children in need. This announcement goes a step further.

The system is failing our kids, and it will be up to the community and our leaders to help keep the hope alive by focusing on improving our education system and the future of our kids. Any company that decides to invest in me, just know that you’ll be investing in opportunities and providing inspiration for these families- many who feel unnoticed or go unmentioned.

I have decided to donate all of my endorsement money in 2017 to help rebuild minority communities through s.t.e.a.m programs, as well as initiatives that directly affect women of color in hopes that we can create more opportunities for our youth and build a brighter future.

S.T.E.A.M, an acronym for Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics, is a holistic approach to learning that involves community members to assist children in their education. It aims to supplement learning outside the classroom while providing an environment that makes learning fun.

In addition, 50% of the proceeds from my jersey sales this year will go to programs and initiatives to support inner-city garden projects, as it’s not only about providing opportunities in education and arts, but to help provide the right nutrition and access to healthy living to all.

I’m asking all professional athletes to join me by donating a portion of your endorsements this year to a cause of your choice. We can make a difference. It’s up to us to help plant seeds of hope and help fuel the future.

Power to the People,

Michael Bennett

The announcement by Bennett comes after he wrote a long piece for The Players’ Tribune on why he stood with the “A Day Without Women” strike, which occurred on International Women’s Day.

This latest announcement is wonderful and hopefully more athletes will follow in his footsteps.