Collin Kaepernick spent his birthday feeding the homeless, because that’s the kind of person he is.
Kaepernick, who recently turned 32, went to Oakland and provided food and other supplies to the homeless living in Tent City.
In partnership with his foundation Know Your Rights Camp, Kaepernick and girlfriend Nessa walked around the encampment handing out backpacks filled with snacks, socks, air quality masks, and shampoo. He also paid a food truck to come out and feed everyone.
The political activist and former 49er seems to be making helping others on his birthday a tradition. In 2016, he spent his birthday hosting the first Know Your Rights Camp event where he informed black and brown children about their rights as American citizens when dealing with law enforcement.
“This is just the beginning, man,” Kaepernick told The Washington Post at the time. “What we’ve done here today in Oakland, we want to do all over the country, in cities all over this country, by bringing together local leaders, local activists and local youth, and not only giving them the skills and lessons they need, but we want to show them how much we love and value them.”
The mission of Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp is “to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.” They have had events in cities such as Atlanta, New York City, New Orleans, Miami, and Baltimore.
“We want to show that we can build with each other and love each other because in oppressed communities no one is going to help them but themselves. It’s so exciting to see it come together,” Kaepernick told The Nation back in 2017 of his organization.
Kaepernick hasn’t played in the National Football League since the 2016 season when he rocked the league by kneeling during the National Anthem during several games to protest the police shootings of black men. He is currently a free agent, and in August, he tweeted that he’s ready to play.
5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. pic.twitter.com/AGczejA1rM
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2019
Until then, he’s keeping plenty busy making the world a better place.