A sell-out crowd of roughly 7,000 fans at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium attended Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s inaugural celebrity softball game.
Sherman’s event drew big names, including Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, along with receivers Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin.
Non-Seattle players of note included Arizona receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts, future Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, Sonics legend Shawn Kemp, and Tacoma natives Lawyer Milloy, Marcus Trufant and Desmond Trufant.
Overseeing it all was replacement official Lance Easley, the referee who signaled touchdown on Tate’s game-winning reception against Green Bay in Seattle’s 14-12 win over the Packers in Week 3 of last season.
The charity softball game raised funds for Home for Heroes – a charity that provides financial assistance to emergency services personnel across the country during times of documented, personal financial need — and The Richard Sherman Family Foundation, which focuses on helping inner city youth.
“A lot of times what they think is possible is so boxed in because of the limited opportunities they have,” Sherman said, when asked why his foundation is supporting inner city kids. “They don’t have the school supplies. They don’t have the resources they need to be successful as somebody in a suburban neighborhood, a nice neighborhood. So I’m just trying to even out the playing field a little bit, and give them an opportunity and resources they need to be successful.”
The game ended in a 20-20 tie, but Walter Thurmond’s final blast over the fence in a home run competition to break the tie gave the team coached by Wilson the win over Sherman’s team.
Tate, who hit two home runs out of Cheney Stadium during the home run competition, was named the game’s MVP. Tate played baseball at Notre Dame.
Not much has changed to the field where Marcus Trufant first learned how to carry a football.
On Saturday Trufant returned to the place where he began to develop his skills as a football player, the Al Davies Boys and Girls Club in Tacoma.
The starting cornerback for Seattle hosted his annual Trufant Family Foundation celebration at the local community center on Hilltop. Along with his family, Trufant was joined by fellow Seahawks Deion Branch, Seneca Wallace, Courtney Taylor and Jordan Babineaux.
The Seattle Seahawks, KIRO Radio and Northwest Harvest are encouraging fans to bring nonperishable food or cash donations to the Seahawks game at Qwest Field this Sunday, November 23.
Volunteers from Northwest Harvest will be available at all gates to accept contributions. The donations assist Northwest Harvest, the only statewide hunger relief organization in Washington. Each year, about 18 million pounds of food are distributed to approximately 300 food banks and hot meal programs throughout the state.
In honor of Brenden Foster, the 11-year old Bothell boy whose dying wish
RENTON, WASH. – The Seattle Seahawks and United Way of King County (UWKC) today announced the launch of a partnership for the 2008 season. In addition to a public service campaign, the Seahawks will also chair the 2008 UWKC Giving Campaign.
The PSA campaign "tough" features Seahawks players Deon Grant, Patrick Kerney, Lofa Tatupu, and Seahawks President of Football Operations/General Manager Tim Ruskell comparing football toughness to the daily challenge many local families face to find food and shelter.
This is from Deion Branch’s charitable foundation:
KIRKLAND – Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Deion Branch and his Deion Branch Charitable Foundation will present a Tuesday evening filled with fun, laughs, celebrity bowling on Tuesday, September 9 to benefit Meningitis Research. The Deion Branch’s "Charitabowl " will begin at 6p.m. on September 9 at Lucky Strike located in Bellevue’s Lincoln Square Mall.
Team sponsorship in the tournament is $2,500 for a four-person team, and includes dinner, parking, a "Charitabowl" limited-edition bowling shirt and a team photo with Deion Branch. Individual tickets are available at a cost of $350. The "Charitabowl" will help raise funds and draw attention to meningitis research.