Colin Kaepernick is still hoping to be signed to an NFL roster, but his prospects could be dimming after the first round of NFL free agency passed without a team picking him up.
But although the 29-year-old quarterback may not currently have a job, he decided to go to work anyway.
Earlier this week, Kaepernick traveled to New York to donate 50 of his own custom suits to 100 Suits, a nonprofit that helps people who have been released from prison get back on their feet. The recipients of the suits will wear them to job interviews. The point of the project: to reduce recidivism rates by making sure that former convicts are gainfully employed.
A rep for Kaepernick acknowledged to PEOPLE that he had donated the suits, but explained that the football star didn’t want to publicly address his donation.
❤️❤️❤️ RP @yourrightscamp – " Colin Kaepernick donates custom-made suits outside a New York City parole office 🙌🏽 Via usatoday.com: The start of the NFL season is about three months away and free agent Colin Kaepernick is still on the market. While he waits to see if he’ll get signed, Kaepernick is keeping up with his commitment to help empower communities in need. About two days ago, Kaepernick stopped outside of a New York City parole office and donated two large boxes of his custom made suits. The donation benefits 100 Suits, an organization that provides free business attire to men and women who are in the job search process. The Instagram account for 100 Suits posted that the quarterback was at parole office in Queens. That’s love!!!! When you have Superbowl quarter back Colin Kaepernick and HOT 97 host Nessa personally drop off over two huge uhaul boxes of custom made suits at our office @ Queens parole. 100 Suits hopes to reduce recidivism rates by helping people find more gainful employment. By being able to wear appropriate suits to their interviews, these men and women are better equipped to achieve gainful employment, which will ultimately help them to transition into mainstream society and live more productive lives. Through this program, we also provide free hair cuts for men and wig referrals for women, where needed. Because it’s never easy to find a suit that fits perfectly off the rack, 100 Suits also provides an in-house tailor that will make any alterations needed for clients. Remind me again why Kaepernick doesn’t have an NFL contract yet? " @kaepernick7 🎵 @joeybadass
Kaepernick has been the focus of national scrutiny due to his decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality.
Despite widespread criticism, Kaepernick continued to protest throughout the NFL season — and pledged to donate $100,000 per month for 10 months, plus all proceeds of his jersey sales to charities that help oppressed communities.
It’s not the first time that Kaepernick has donated his possessions to the less fortunate. In January, Kaepernick and his girlfriend, New York radio DJ Nessa Diab, shared a video showing the QB packing up a van loaded with shoes, clothes and hats, and dropping them off at shelters and orphanages around the Bay Area.