Trio of former Seahawks stars launch new initiative to support local nonprofits

Mar 19, 2022, 8:38 AM | Updated: Mar 22, 2022, 8:06 am

Seahawks stars nonprofit...

(From L-R) Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, and Cliff Avril (Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

A trio of former Seattle Seahawks stars announced a new initiative this week, designed to raise funds and support for nonprofits across the region.

The brainchild of retired wide receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, Champions for Change will operate as “a philanthropic endeavor to fund grassroots organizations.” This summer, that will take the form of a series of fundraising events between June 24-26, which will include a celebrity basketball game at Climate Pledge Arena featuring current and former players from the Mariners, Sonics, Storm, Sounders, Reign, Huskies, and Cougars, among others.

Gee: How Doug Baldwin changed my life and influenced my family

“Our goal is to take what we learned during our championship chapter to build a new team, and once again bring the city and region together, but this time to support the organizations that make our families and communities stronger,” Baldwin said in a press release.

To start, Champions for Change will be partnering with the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Divine Alternatives for Dads Services, Women United Seattle, Humble Design Seattle, and Dignity for Divas. That will see funding and support go toward a variety of causes, including pediatric care, community resources for fathers and mothers, and services for unhoused women. The larger overarching hope is to support organizations that help “families heal from trauma, and take their own steps toward providing a stable, health and loving home for their children.”

This isn’t the first time Baldwin has gotten involved with philanthropy since retiring from the NFL. In 2019, he helped lead efforts for the Family First Community Center project in Renton, donating $1 million while collaborating with the city to raise $10 million more through additional private and public contributions. In 2020, Avril also committed a combined $50,000 between his personal funds and the Cliff Avril Family Foundation for COVID-19 relief for local groups.

For more information on Champions of Change — as well as updates on its planned events in June — you can check out its website at this link.

Local News

FILE - The Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. returns on C...

Associated Press

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, an advocate for liberal priorities, dies at age 90

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a centrist Democrat who was elected to the Senate in 1992 in the “Year of the Woman” and broke gender barriers throughout her long career in local and national politics, has died. She was 90.

2 hours ago

(Photo from KIRO 7)...

Colleen West, KIRO 7 News

Bellevue Police warn of jewelry-for-cash scam targeting good Samaritans

Police are seeing a retuning scam in Bellevue that preys on good Samaritans, and it’s similar to one that’s been happening for years.

2 hours ago

BRAZIL - 2023/09/26: In this photo illustration, the Microsoft Bing logo is displayed on a laptop s...

Associated Press

Apple leverages idea of switching to Bing to pry more money out of Google, Microsoft exec says

Apple was never serious about replacing Google with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine in Macs and iPhones, but kept the possibility open as a "bargaining chip'' to extract bigger payments from Google

3 hours ago

Image: A Seattle Police vehicle...

Frank Sumrall

Report: Seattle Police ended contract with AI service after Auderer’s comments

SPD canceled its contract with Truleo less than a month after Officer Daniel Auderer's comments about Jaahnavi Kandula's death were captured, a report says.

13 hours ago

Washington wildfires...

Ted Buehner

Maui and Spokane: 2 public warning systems and the need for preparedness

The tragic wind-whipped Maui wildfire last month took many lives. How does the public warning system here shape up in comparison?

15 hours ago

spd auderer...

Frank Sumrall

Seattle Police Officer Daniel Auderer reassigned

Daniel Auderer, the officer who made inappropriate comments over the death of Jaahnavi Kandula, has been reassigned to a non-operational position.

17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Swedish Cyberknife...

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is a busy month on the sports calendar and also holds a very special designation: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Ziply Fiber...

Dan Miller

The truth about Gigs, Gs and other internet marketing jargon

If you’re confused by internet technologies and marketing jargon, you’re not alone. Here's how you can make an informed decision.

Education families...

Education that meets the needs of students, families

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a program of Omak School District that is a full-time online public school for students in grades K-12.

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

Trio of former Seahawks stars launch new initiative to support local nonprofits