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For Seahawks, Philanthropy is a Year-Around Sport

From the coach to the players to the staff, the Seattle Seahawks are perennial champions in their work to create a stronger, more vibrant community here in Greater Seattle and across the nation.


August 12, 2016

By Mary Grace Roske, Vice President, Marketing & Communications

As the 12s eagerly await the kick-off of preseason play on August 13, they can be proud that for this team, there is no off-season when it comes to their philanthropy and community involvement. From the coach to the players to the staff, this team are perennial champions in their work to create a stronger, more vibrant community here in Greater Seattle and across the nation.

First, there’s the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation (SSCF). Founded in 1995, SSCF’s mission is to promote the healthy social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for participation in sports and fitness activities. In the Fall of 2004, the Foundation unveiled the Spirit of 12 Partners Program, a collaboration among Seattle youth service organizations, the Seahawks, and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Under this program, community-based nonprofits distribute the Seahawks game day program during the team’s home games. Each partner keeps 100% of the proceeds, which is matched by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The current nonprofit participants are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Boys & Girls Clubs Washington State Association, Camp Fire USA Snohomish County Council, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, and Special Olympics of Washington.

This week, Seattle Foundation’s own team paid a visit to Seahawks Training Camp and met players and coaches involved in many community causes. Current and past players have launched their philanthropy in partnership with us, recognizing the deep community insights we can provide and the easy administration we offer.  Seattle Foundation’s Community Philanthropy Fund and Personal or Family Foundation provide the benefits of a private foundation, without the added cost and administration. For these reasons, it’s a perfect fit for busy athletes as well as others who want powerful, rewarding philanthropy that creates lasting change.

Here’s a sampling of the initiatives undertaken by players and/or backed by the team:

Linebacker Bobby Wagner’s philanthropy focuses on youth basketball through the Seattle Rotary Boys and Girls club. In addition to financial support, Wagner devotes his time to the kids and provides inspiration and support. When a recent fundraiser fell short of its goal, it was Wagner who stepped up to cover the gap.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin is partnering with the city of Renton and Renton School District to help bring about "Family First Center," a community center in the Cascade/Benson area. The vision of the center is to provide youth and families a "community center that offers health, fitness and recreational opportunities" and resources that will "enhance the stability of the community by helping families achieve goals in education, fitness and overall health."

Coach Pete Carroll’s A Better Seattle, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, is designed to create a culture of safety and peace by reaching at-risk youth and reducing violence in our communities. A Better Seattle serves as a unifying force to develop partnerships between corporations, law enforcement and community groups to build healthy communities and reduce youth violence. The goal is simple: make kids in the Pacific Northwest the safest and healthiest kids in America!

The Cliff Avril Family Foundation is dedicated to encouraging healthy living through nutrition and exercise for youth diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, as well as providing financial assistance to families with low incomes caring for children with Type 1 diabetes.

Blanket Coverage is Richard Sherman’s Family Foundation.  It focuses on creating opportunities to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged school children who are on the quest for knowledge but lack some of the basic necessities that others have. The foundation also aspire to help student athletes in the sport of football make a successful transition both on and off the field as they look forward to college.

To learn more about Seahawk’s philanthropy and community involvement, visit here. To view a list of all player foundations, visit here. The Seattle Foundation team is looking forward to another great season for Seattle Seahawks, on and off the field!

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