The area's major professional franchises are a big part of sports philanthropy in Seattle: Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation (founded...
The area’s major professional franchises are a big part of sports philanthropy in Seattle:
Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation (founded 1995)
Mission: “To promote the healthy social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for participation in sports and fitness activities.”
Spirit of 12 Partnerships: Community nonprofits sell the Seahawks’ Gameday Magazine and keep 100 percent of the proceeds, which the Paul G. Allen Foundation matches. Raised: more than $270,000 in 2005
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Boeing Greater Seattle Classic: PGA Champions Tour event at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Raised: more than $700,000 for the Heart Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center in 2005.
Pete Gross House: Provides housing for families with members undergoing treatment at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Raised: more than $230,000 at a luncheon in 2005.
Other programs: Seahawks Leadership Academy, heavily involved with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, READY, SET, GOALS; Rumble at the Ridge, Qwest Leadership Challenge, Stats for Kids, Fresh Start, What Moves U, Player Charity Ticket Program, Heroes in the Classroom, Sea Gals Guild at Children’s Hospital (raised more than $13,000 in 2005), grants awarded ($331,963 in 2005).
More info: seahawks.com/community
They said it: “I’d submit this work means more than going to the Super Bowl.” — Tod Leiweke, Seahawks president
Sonics and Storm
Mission: “To support community programs that teach, encourage and motivate children, young adults and families in Washington State. The Foundation focuses on education and health and fitness initiatives and seeks to make a difference through the game of basketball.”
Hip To Be Fit: Aids physical-fitness curriculum in Seattle Public Schools, the Highline School District and Blaine Elementary — more than 38,000 kids in 2006.
Neighborhoops: Camps and clinics for more than 1,000 youth. Includes 12 community outdoor basketball courts refurbished throughout the region at the cost of $130,000 to the team. Part of that, $54,354 is listed on the foundation’s tax forms.
Read To Achieve: Reading program offered at 284 schools in Washington — more than 50,000 students.
Kids Assist: Sonics players and other donors give money to the foundation, which buys and distributes tickets for underprivileged children. Last year, this happened at 22 regular-season and two exhibition games. Listed as a $251,316 program expense on the foundation’s 2005 tax form — far and away the largest program expense. Players get a tax break. Sonics get a small — 2 percent last year — attendance boost. Kids get tickets.
Other programs: Holiday Assist, Black History Heroes Challenge, free basketball camps and clinics (raised $31,974 in 2005), silent auction (raised $110,136), Sonics at your service (raised $7,934) and team raffle (raised $410), grants awarded ($226,474 in 2005)
More info: nba.com/sonics/community
They said it: “I would venture to guess 5 percent of what the pro athletes do in this town ever gets mentioned.” — Karen Bryant, Storm CEO
Mission: “To support youth-oriented community service programs and other worthy projects in the Pacific Northwest.”
Cystic Fibrosis Mariners Golf Tournament: Players chair and help run the tournament, held at Newcastle. Raised: $180,000 in 2006 and more than $3.8 million over 21 years.
Boeing/Mariners CARE Athletic Field Grant: $100,000 annual grants provide area baseball and softball facilities. Total foundation grants in 2005: $326,227.
Mariners CARE Silent Auctions: Sell memorabilia — signed baseballs, game-used bats, autographed jerseys, etc. — at auctions. Raised: more than $71,000 in 2006 and more than $634,000 since 2000.
Other programs: The Mariner Moose D.R.E.A.M. Team School Assembly Program, Mariners Education Day, Refuse to Abuse Campaign, Jackie Robinson Scholarship Night, Inspire the Future Award, Children’s Hospital Wishing Well, “Catch a Cure for Cancer,” Microsoft “Ks” for Education, Home Runs that Help, Oh Boy! Oberto Foul Ball Club, Bring ‘Em Home Safe, Trader Joe’s Home Run Program, RBIs For Literacy, Speed Pitch (raised $11,201 in 2005), etc.
More info: seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/community/index
They said it: “There was a kid who had a marrow transplant that didn’t take. Ken Griffey Jr. visited for an hour. He signed a jersey, he gave it to the kid, and a few weeks later, unfortunately, they called and said their son had passed. They want to know if it was OK if he was buried in the jersey Junior signed.” — Joe Chard, vice president Mariners corporate business and community relations
— Greg Bishop and Danny O’Neil