The Chicago Bears announced Tuesday that the organization is committing at least $500,000 toward social justice initiatives in the city, with a focus on education and community police relations.
The NFL team announced in a video on social media that players intend to raise $250,000 for social justice programs, a contribution that ownership will match.
“This whole thing got started a little over two years ago when obviously Colin Kaepernick and some players around the NFL were taking knees, and there was a big discussion about what can we as players and as a team do to help address some of the issues that people are protesting,” Bears linebacker Sam Acho said.
Acho and other players discussed the need for players to go out into the community and establish relationships with the people who will benefit from their donations. The players expressed hope that the Bears financial commitment will spur a snowball effect around the league.
Lineman Akiem Hicks added that players around the league have previously gotten involved in social justice initiatives, but the team’s new financial commitment will mark an escalation in those efforts.