Seahawks Star Michael Bennett Follows Chance the Rapper's Lead in Helping the Youth

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett talks to reporters on Jan. 10, 2017 in Renton, Wash.
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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett talks to reporters on Jan. 10, 2017 in Renton, Wash. 

Chance the Rapper's recent million-dollar donation to Chicago public schools has inspired stars beyond rap. Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett recently vowed to donate his 2017 endorsement money to the community.

"I was inspired by Chance the Rapper to ‘think bigger’ when he pledged one million dollars to Chicago kids and their school system. So, I’ll be joining him by investing in the future of our youth," he wrote in an Instagram post.

"I have decided to donate all of my endorsement money in 2017 to help rebuild minority communities through s.t.e.a.m programs, as well as initiatives that directly affect women of color in hopes that we can create more opportunities for our youth and build a brighter future."

The defensive end -- who recently penned an essay for The Player's Tribune about standing with the women's strike for International Women's Day and also spearheads community efforts with his family through The Bennett Foundation -- also encouraged his fellow athletes to join in supporting the cause by offering up a portion of their endorsements. He also said fifty percent of his jersey sales will go towards helping inner-city garden projects. 

"The system is failing our kids, and it will be up to the community and our leaders to help keep the hope alive by focusing on improving our education system and the future of our kids," he added. "Any company that decides to invest in me, just know that you’ll be investing in opportunities and providing inspiration for these families- many who feel unnoticed or go unmentioned." 


Chance the Rapper also took to Twitter listing the high schools that would be receiving $10,000. See the full list per his tweets below.