Per an official NFLPA release (via Adam Hoge of WGN Radio), Kaepernick received the honor after making four separate donations worth a total of $100,000 to youth charities:
Adam Hoge @AdamHoge
Colin Kaepernick named Week 1 Community MVP by the @NFLPA after making four separate $25,000 donations to youth charities. https://t.co/2ZHNUVcADf2017-9-15 14:44:59
On Sept. 7, Kaepernick announced on Twitter his next round of donations as part of his $1 million pledge that began in October 2016:
Colin Kaepernick @Kaepernick7
Here's where my next $100k donation is going! $900k donated, $100k to go for my Million Dollar Pledge. See all on https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq https://t.co/7EFnAfXfXe2017-9-7 14:14:37
When Kaepernick began protesting during the national anthem before NFL games last season, the 29-year-old also announced his plan to donate up to $1 million to various charities and organizations to help communities in need.
"I am planning to take it a step further," he told reporters. "I'm currently working with organizations to be involved, and making sure I'm actively in these communities, as well as donating the first million dollars I make this year to different organizations to help these communities and help these people."
Despite not being on a team since opting out of his deal with the 49ers in March, Kaepernick ranked 39th in official NFL merchandise sales as recently as August 1.