Colin Kaepernick and Nessa donated $60,000 dollars worth of backpacks to students in Harlem and South Bronx.
Having worked with organizations in Harlem and South Bronx, Nessa and Colin wanted to give back to both communities by lessening one burden by providing Nike backpacks to students.
“Having a new backpack to start off the new school year helps give each student a fresh start,” says Nessa. “When we looked at everything when it comes to supplies, we found backpacks were an investment for most parents. As for the student, we wanted to ensure we found one that could last for more than a year and that was sturdy, durable and versatile for students to use for books, sports equipments or art materials, and traveling.”
The first event was at Harlem RBI’s DREAM Charter School middle school orientation and the second event was at Patterson Family Day in South Bronx where Nessa met and talked to students to encourage them to stay in school along side South Bronx RBI staff.
Colin, currently at camp, was unable to attend but was there in spirit video chatting with students alongside Nessa and sending each student words of encouragement.
“We must invest in our youth because they are the future leaders of our community,” says Colin. “I want them to know that we appreciate and care for them. In doing so, we must provide all the necessary tools for them to succeed and I will do whatever I can to ensure we do that as a community.”
We want to thank organizations Harlem RBI’s DREAM Charter School and South Bronx RBI and their gracious staff in helping us make this happen. We also want to thank Patterson Family Day for allowing us to join in with you all in supporting the community. And many thanks to Nike for helping us make this backpack drive possible for our young scholars and future leaders.
Check out the footage below of both back to school back-pack giveaways.