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TEAM-WORKS Foundation

The Mack Strong TEAM-WORKS Foundation provides a holistic, compassionate and culturally responsive mentoring program to empower disadvantaged youth and their families in indigenous, minority and impoverished communities to develop strong minds, strong bodies and strong character.

The foundation partners with families, schools, charitable organizations, corporations, state and tribal governments throughout the Northwest to customize programs for at-risk youth. With an emphasis on character development, social skills and healthy lifestyles, our youth can receive wrap-around support and individual attention to nurture their personal growth and acquire the skills needed to navigate through life.

The TEAM-WORKS Foundation was founded in 2002 by former Seahawks fullback Mack Strong and his wife Zoe Higheagle Strong, a Nez Perce Tribal member. Together, Mack and Zoe’s life experiences, training and education have inspired them to devote their efforts to strengthening the future of at-risk youth.

Mack’s numerous years as a highly accomplished professional athlete and leader, along with Zoe’s background in non-profit management and educational psychology has allowed them to create a unique youth development program. Through collaboration with experts in youth education, a group-based mentoring program and specialized curriculum was developed: StrongMind, StrongBody & StrongCharacter.

Mentoring paired with the three-part curriculum helps empower youth to see their value in the community, think critically about their future, and develop necessary skills to successfully pursue their potential. The TEAM-WORKS programs have since spread to various urban schools, neighborhoods, and tribal communities throughout the Northwest.

For more information on the TEAM-WORKS Foundation, visit their website at

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