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Jordan Morris Partners with SeaFdn to Launch Foundation

Seattle Sounders star’s efforts will support children and families with Type 1 Diabetes


October 19, 2017

Nothing holds soccer player Jordan Morris back from achieving his dreams. Jordan is the first diabetic to play in Major League Soccer and for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

His latest dream was realized when he officially launched the Jordan Morris Foundation on October 13 (a date that auspiciously coincides with his Sounders FC jersey number). His foundation, which will be a fund at Seattle Foundation, aims to educate, inspire and support children and families living with Type 1 Diabetes.

At the event, Jordan shared his personal story of being diagnosed with T1D at the age of nine.

“Even at a young age, I made the decision in my mind that I wasn’t going to let this disease hold me back. I knew my dream was to one day play professional soccer . . . Mentality is so important. You can accomplish anything yet set your mind to,” he said.

By using his platform as a professional athlete, he hopes to catalyze generosity in the community in support of T1D organizations and continue to provide inspiring outreach programs to youth and families experiencing the disease.

Through his T1D Playmakers program, Jordan provides opportunities for youth with T1D to meet him after matches throughout the regular season. One of those young playmakers, Abby Alberg, was featured with Jordan in a special GiveBIG video last year.

For his work on GiveBIG, his Playmakers program, support for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and creating his own dedicated foundation, Jordan was recognized on Oct. 22 by Seattle Sounders FC as its Humanitarian of the Year. This is the second year in a row that he received the award. 

He also partners with Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide fun and informational gift bags for kids when they are first diagnosed with T1D. He plans to develop more programs in the future, such as providing scholarships for kids to attend a special T1D summer camp.

Seattle Foundation is incredibly proud to host the Jordan Morris Foundation and support its important mission in the community. Read Jordan’s full story, see tips for managing T1D, and help realize this dream with a donation at www.jordanmorrisfoundation.org.



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