Over the past season, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been maligned by opposing fans for some of the pictures on his Instagram account, and some of the things he has to say (or not say) in interviews. However, as many 49ers fans know, Kap is not defined by a few pictures or a few words. There is a lot more to him that a lot of people have not bothered to learn about. It's easier to stereotype someone based on what they wear, or how they talk.
While Kap enjoys his shoes, and enjoys looking good, he also has a giving side. I've tried to promote that side of him here at Niners Nation and on Twitter because I think it's unfair for people out there to ignore the good he does off the field. NN exists to talk about football and its many intricate details, but I like being able to use this platform to talk about the good that 49ers players do as well. We discusses these guys in the context of professional football, but they are human beings as well. Some of them have done some stupid stuff, but a lot of them do a lot of good.
The video above comes from Camp Taylor in Salida, California. Camp Taylor is a camp for children with various heart defects. For many of these kids, their heart problems can get in the way of them leading normal lives in which they can run around with kids their own age, and just be a kid. Camp Taylor provides a place for these kids to just be kids. They are different in the sense that they have problems with their hearts, but other than that they are perfectly normal and deserve to enjoy the things kids enjoy.
Kap is involved with Camp Taylor because of his own family. Rick and Teresa Kaepernick adopted Colin after they lost two children to heart problems. They realized they could not have more children, so they decided to adopt Colin. He recognizes the bittersweet nature of why he is part of their family (discussed in detail with Fox Sports 1 last year). He views Camp Taylor as a chance to provide for families in similar situations.
The video above features Kap talking about Camp Taylor and what he's learned with the kids. Last year, I posted a variety of pictures Camp Taylor tweeted out. They featured Kap playing with the kids, reading to them, and otherwise having a good time with them. Just a heads-up that it might get a little dusty when you're watching the video. If you want to contribute to Camp Taylor, head here. They also have a t-shirt that's pretty cool:
You can order the t-shirt HERE.
We'll have plenty of offseason content to review 2013 and get you ready for 2014, but we're also going to try and get more content about these guys and what their lives are like off the field. Kap isn't the only one who contributes to charity. We've written some content on Anquan Boldin's many charitable ventures, and we'll continue to look into these a little further.