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Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made good on his $1 million pledge to donate to charities across the United States that help fulfill his promotion of equality and an end to perceived racial injustice.

The final $100,000 of his $1 million pledge includes $10,000 donations to 10 different charities and/or movements.

It’s in this that Kaepernick announced on Twitter that reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant will match his donation to Silicon Valley De-Bug, a community organizing and advocacy organization based in San Jose, California.

This sense of community isn’t new for either high-profile figure. Whether we agree with the National Anthem protests Kaepernick started in the summer of 2016 around the NFL doesn’t really matter.

Despite being unemployed, primarily due to said protest, Kaepernick has continued to do more in the community than a vast majority of professional athletes currently raking in millions this year. His sense of community and altruism cannot go unnoticed.

On the other hand, Durant has joined in many star NBA players to continue doing good within communities across the nation. Whether it’s building basketball courts for the underprivileged or donating $3 million to the University of Texas, he remains a huge figure off the court.

Primarily a divisive figure around the United States, our data confirms that Kaepernick remains one of the most popular figures around the NFL world. In fact, he’s No. 2 in popularity behind Tom Brady since we started tracking data on SNIP.

It’s readily apparent that Kaepernick’s National Anthem protests and the fallout from them has the former Super Bowl quarterback as a highly talked about figure. And even if he remains unemployed, his sense of community and the political beliefs he backs will continue to make Kap a publicized figure.

As it relates to Durant his popularity is based primarily on an MVP-caliber performance in Golden State this season and the likelihood of his team repeating as champions come June. As with Kaepernick, our data shows Durant is the second-most popular figure behind LeBron James in the NBA. Again, this is primarily based on his on-court brilliance.

But Durant is making himself more of a brand than anything else since finding himself employed in a larger market. His community work only adds to this.

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