The list of Michael Bennetts’ off the field activities to give back to the community is endless. This did not go unnoticed as the Seattle Seahawks named him their Man of the Year.
I am so honored to be this year's @Seahawks Walter Payton Man of the Year. I'm extremely humbled & thank everyone for their support and help in creating change and a positive impact in our communities! @TMBFoundation #WPMOY pic.twitter.com/nbpN5Y60ZN
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) December 8, 2017
While this is exclusively an organizational award, this puts Bennett in the race to win the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
One of Bennet’s largest altruistic acts came this year, as he pledged all the endorsement money he earned towards STEAM programs (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) in minority communities. He also pledged some of this money towards providing services for women of color in the same communities.
His foundation, the Bennett Foundation, is his platform for giving back to others. This program provides a number of services. Most notably OCEAN Programing (fighting Obesity through Community, Education, Activity and Nutrition), a service that aims to fight obesity all around the country.
He has also hosted free camps and health clinics all around the country.
While the press release did not include his support of Colin Kaepernick, this might be what Bennett has most recently been known for.
Kaepernick, who kneeled for the National Anthem at the start of the 2016-2017 season to protest police brutality in America, drew national attention in one of the biggest PR problems the NFL has had in recent memory.
Along with the backlash Kaepernick received from many fans, there were other players that kneeled in a show of solidarity for the movement. One of these players was Bennett.
Regardless, there is so much that Bennett has done to give back all around the world. This is something that fans should not overlook. In addition to going to work everyday as a professional athlete, Bennett is using that platform to advocate change for those who don’t have the ability to do so.