Kaepernick, a free agent who formerly played for the San Francisco 49ers and became known for his national anthem protests, announced Cole’s donation on social media Friday as a part of his “#10for10” challenge. His friends and other notable individuals are donating $10,000 or more to underserved communities — a reboot of an initiative Kaepernick launched as part of his recently completed pledge to donate $1 million to charity.
Adam Jackson, CEO and co-founder of the LBS, said he found out about Cole’s donation on Friday after he received an Instagram notification from Kaepernick, who had donated $25,000 to the organization in 2017.
“I completely freaked out. I was like ‘What?!’,” said Jackson, who helped co-found the organization in 2010 in attempts to change political discourse through education, advocacy and community organizing.
Jackson said he hasn’t heard anything from J. Cole directly, but said the promised money will help the organization become more sustainable and continue their political advocacy throughout the year. The group’s agenda includes aiming to stop certain crime bills proposed by the Hogan administration and continuing its efforts on bail reform.
Jackson said Kaepernick’s $25,000 donation helped the organization assist and provide food for the LBS summer camp, which equips local students with the tools and skills to advocate for certain political issues. The program launched as a policy debate camp in 2013, but soon evolved to help foster political advocates and organizers.
When Jackson received a call about the donation from Kaepernick’s manager, “I thought this was a prank call or someone messing with me,” he said. But he looked up the manager’s name, and found that a similar situation had happened to someone else.