Kaepernick receives the 2017 Puffin/Nation Award for Creative Citizenship. This award “honors individuals that challenge the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative, and socially responsible work of significance.” Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation, stated “Colin Kaepernick . . . courageously risked his position to focus attention on abuses by law enforcement against people of color and on the plague of racism in the United States . But he has also excelled as a committed activist and community organizer who has involved himself in myriad social issues.” Nationinstitute.org.