By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
How many athletes do you know off the top of your head that are doing something positive and productive throughout the world? In other words, how many athletes can you name who use their money and fame for the greater good instead of spending it recklessly on material stuff? While it’s true that many athletes are making a difference in this world, the sad reality is that there’s not enough of them.
Remember Colin Kaepernick who caused so much attention for kneeling during the national anthem last year during the NFL football season? His actions created a huge debate not only across professional sports but throughout the United States in understanding what is patriotic. Because of his actions, he was applauded by some and criticized by many. Let’s face it – anytime you decide to take a stand for a cause that you’re passionate about, you will always face some opposition. Don’t forget this important lesson – there are people in this world that want you to remain silent and to follow the status quo.
Because Kaepernick is more than a professional football player, he understands the importance of being an activist. In his latest video on Twitter, Kaepernick has decided to join the fight to help end the famine in Somalia.
According to an article in Daily Mail, “In collaboration with Ben Stiller’s charitable foundation and a group of young humanitarians, the group appealed to Turkish Airlines to provide them with a plane that they could fill with food and fly to East Africa.”
Here’s the good news – the airlines has agreed to provide the cargo necessary for the mission. Currently, Kaepernick and the group are trying to raise enough money to send 60 tons of supplies to the impoverished area.
If you’re interested in donating, they have set up a GoFundMe page. Click here to do your part.
Kaepernick said in his video, “’People are dying in Somalia right now that need our help. There’s an impending famine because of drought, politics, inaction of (non-government organizations) and lack of media attention. This famine will affect 6.1 million people, and 2.9 million people are in need of immediate assistance. We can’t let this happen – we have to help these people. We can be the change – we can help save these lives.”
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him on www.sinclairgrey.org or Twitter @drsinclairgrey