Seahawks players create fund to support education and leadership programs

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While discussing protests by players from his team and others earlier this week, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin said that he thought President Trump’s comments had overshadowed “the actual point of inequality and injustice” that led to the protests in the first place.

Baldwin and his teammates have come up with what they think will be a way to address those issues directly. Seahawks players announced through the team an initiative to raise money for programs.

“In an effort to create lasting change and build a more compassionate and inclusive society, we are launching the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund to support education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice. We invite you to join us in donating and taking action.”

Baldwin explained that the impetus for the fund came from people outside the team asking what they could do to help move from making a statement to making an impact in communities.

“I think that was really important, because for the longest time now, we’ve been trying to figure out, what can we do as a team to impact change?” Baldwin said. “And this is something that’s really tangible to all of us. And again, we really wanted this to be a unified effort. We’ve been trying to make a unified demonstration, a unified message, and now this is a unified action we can all take. And now we’re going to be able to incorporate people outside of the building.”

The fund will be housed at the Seattle Foundation and an advisory board made up of “players, team leadership and business and community leaders” will be formed to direct grants to non-profit organizations.

70 responses to “Seahawks players create fund to support education and leadership programs

  1. This we can all get behind. And it actually could do more help than simply kneeling. A lot of issues start in communities and at home. Why can’t stuff like this be the way forward rather than an action during the anthem?

  2. The team that spends half it’s time at war with itself and the other half denying it, or breaking practice rules or lying on Injury Reports or just running it’s mouth? Maybe they themselves should be the first to take this “leadership” course.

  3. Well hey this MIGHT be good, but it’s all about the curriculum.

    Is it written by Linda Sarsour, Colin Kaepernick, and ANTIFA’s UCal Berkley professors?

    If it’s written with SJW idiocy, all they are doing is promoting divisive propaganda.

    Hopefully it doesn’t teach people about bs like ‘white privilege’, or some of the other fallacies… like white people don’t get shot by police or don’t get profiled or don’t get fired when their jobs get outsourced/offshored.

    It could be bad, or it could be brainwashing. It all depends on WHO writes the curriculum. Given the current state of curriculum, I’m not optimistic. But I hope it’s good.

  4. heymister24 says:
    September 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Go find a country that you agree with their diversity, justice, and inclusion, and stay there.
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    Why can’t we strive for that here?

    Why do bozos always tell someone to move somewhere else?

  5. Haha, funny how this is only being done because of the questions concerning what they’re actually protesting! Hey, great job guys – way to proactively take a stand!

  6. I praised this BUT I’d like to know what the content of these programs, what the curriculum is. I hope it’s something positive and not divisive. Aside from that, I surely think it’s important to reach out to tough communities with something positive, uplifting and an attempt to break the cycles many communities are stuck in

  7. Love how the Seahawks are actually doing something and yet. People are still upset about them kneeling or that they would be “brainwashing people”

    To bad the people talking about brainwashing don’t look in the mirror and see that they were brainwashed by making this whole issue about disrespect for the military and ignoring the original issue.

    But hey, those people won’t see my comment because they are boycotting the NFL, right? Oh wait their boycott doesn’t include staying off of NFL websites and commenting on NFL stories.

    Yes I find the hypocrisy hilarious

  8. Bill Bixby says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I praised this BUT I’d like to know what the content of these programs, what the curriculum is. I hope it’s something positive and not divisive.
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    Maybe you should spend your own money and start your own program. That way you would know it is done right.

  9. Did the defense contribute more $$$$$ than the offense?

    Richard Sherman wants to know so he can blurt it out at the next press conference.

  10. It’s important to reach out to ” break the cycles many communities are stuck in”. The cycle that starts with getting an education and preventing teenage pregnancy. Since President Obama didn’t make it a priority, maybe these athletes can. Until then the cycle will continue. The number one cause of poverty is an unwed mother, until that trend stops nothing is going to change.

  11. Poor Kids. They’ll be brainwashed into that false narrative, learn to present opinions as facts & that race is the most important characteristic about you. Great job Seahawks!

  12. Go find a country that you agree with their diversity, justice, and inclusion, and stay there.
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    Why can’t we strive for that here?

    Why do bozos always tell someone to move somewhere else?
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    You’re right. It’s because they are ignorant in their ways. They are the true, snowflakes. ..always someone to blame for their misfortunes, usually someone of color.

  13. Wow…players and team step up to make something positive happen and all we have are negative comments.

    I commend the Seahawks players for doing more than just kneeling. They are taking steps to make a change.

    Clearly, based on the comments section they’ve got a long, uphill battle ahead of them.

  14. As long as it isn’t subject to the false narratives and fake news put out there by Sean Hannity, sounds like a good use of resources.

  15. PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:
    September 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    Will this fund also contribute to non African American communities?

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    So they are actually doing something positive for an issue they care about. Isn’t that what everyone wants to see?

  16. collectordude says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    I want to know if ant players are donating their own money and how much.
    If any are.

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    Of course they are. Players donate tons of their money and time to good causes all the time. Why would you think otherwise?

  17. It never ends with you people. All month you’ve whining that the players do nothing and now that they do you criticize it before it even has a chance to get off the ground.

    How can you possibly deny that you are all a bunch of right wing racist nut jobs. Why don’t we just change the constitution to allow Trump to serve unlimited terms so you can feel like tough guys and spout your hate forever.

  18. “Baldwin explained that the impetus for the fund came from people outside the team ”
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    Congrats to the Seahawks for accepting someone else idea and running with it.

  19. dickshotdogs says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    Great. Now, keep a close eye on that money and where exactly it ends up.

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    Give me a break. Assuming they are setting up an illegal charitable foundation? That’s ridiculous.

  20. I would love to see the agenda for this program.

    Does BLM qualify for funding? Does Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson qualify for funding?

    Will education on how to talk to and treat an officer be a part of the curriculum?

    Will education include “How to Stop”, when an officer says “STOP!”

  21. Kaiser Sose says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    As long as it isn’t subject to the false narratives and fake news put out there by CNN, sounds like a good use of resources.
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    Fixed it for you.

  22. So, first they offend a bunch of people by disrespecting the flag, now they’re asking those same people they offended to give them money? Come on. You wanna prove you’re doing something about it? Fund the program yourselves.

  23. collectordude says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Doesn’t say if any players are donating their own money to this foundation.
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    Because then we would have to listen to the bozos cry about why they had to publicize that they donated money. There’s no winning with some folks.

  24. heymister24 says:
    September 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm
    Go find a country that you agree with their diversity, justice, and inclusion, and stay there.

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    So people don’t think there’s an equality issue yet here you have someone asking Americans that have different beliefs to leave the country they were born in. You think this person sees everyone as equal?

  25. This is something I think we can all get behind. Hopefully this program will extend to people of all ethnicities and promote unity among those ethnicities. I just hope it’s not something that will villify all white people as being evil. In my heart I truly believe that about 99% of this country is made up of decent people–from all ethnicities. I truly hope we can spend more time focusing on the 99% and ignore the 1% because, just face it, the 1% of knuckleheads won’t listen to anyone nor will they change their behavior. The best we can do, each one of us, is to do what we can to our fellow humans and try to make the world a better place. Just imagine if we all did that.

  26. You can’t tell me this isn’t about race and read the comments under a post like this. Guys are striving to help kids in lower-income communities have the same opportunities as their counterparts and people are questioning the motives and the legitimacy. Racism is truly a mental disease and many of you are so lost in your own crap, you fail to realize that you are 100 percent part of the problem and the main reason why these players are taking a stance. Your fandom doesn’t mean anything to these players, who cares about support from people who hate another person due to the color of their skin.

  27. Damn some of ya’ll need to have some “adult time” with your significant other lol. Because to still be soooo pissed off even though you’re not when P45 a known draft dodger makes fun of Sen. McCain you know an actual war hero. Then its time to hit that relax button. YOU MAD BRO

  28. Now see, ya got my attention. This is one solution after identifying a problem. This is real, this is great, and now I am in. Identify problem, implement solution, and follow-up, follow-up, follow-up. All the best.

  29. “Is it written by Linda Sarsour, Colin Kaepernick, and ANTIFA’s UCal Berkley professors?”

    You know I see a lot of people criticizing ANTIFA like being against fascism is a bad thing. Let me remind you were fought a war against fascism. Fascism cost the deaths of 60 million people in that war. Its an outlawed philosophy in some countries and without a doubt one of the single most evil and vile philosophies in the history of mankind.

    Fascism is not some valid “side” in a political argument. It is a disproven and disgusting way of running your life and anyone who claims to be a patriotic American and angry at the players for their protests during the anthem should be against it. You must be against fascism if you believe in America. Fascism should be fought at every turn for the evil it is and the evil it represents. That’s what America is. My father fought in Europe against the Nazis and anyone who is or supports fascism is a sad excuse of a human being.

  30. hawkforlife says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    It never ends with you people. All month you’ve whining that the players do nothing and now that they do you criticize it before it even has a chance to get off the ground.

    How can you possibly deny that you are all a bunch of right wing racist nut jobs. Why don’t we just change the constitution to allow Trump to serve unlimited terms so you can feel like tough guys and spout your hate forever.
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    triggered, Safe Space Needed!!…….smh..

  31. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 29, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    You know I see a lot of people criticizing ANTIFA like being against fascism is a bad thing.
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    Being against “Fascism” is a good thing. Hiding behind masks and trying to shut down Free Speech, such as in Berkley, with VIOLENCE, is NOT a GOOD thing, regardless of what name you try and hide behind…..smh.

  32. nbptma says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I would love to see the agenda for this program.

    Does BLM qualify for funding? Does Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson qualify for funding?

    Will education on how to talk to and treat an officer be a part of the curriculum?

    Will education include “How to Stop”, when an officer says “STOP!”
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    Racist right wing talking points. What say you about the kid in Oakland shot point blank while handcuffed? Or the grown male in Atlanta shot and killed while his hands are in the air? There are countless stories throughout America just like this. And instead of observing with a critical eye or investigating to truth you choose to mock.

    Many police dept’s are staffed with all white personnel. And the dept’s in the inner cities, for the most part, may have 150 minorities on a staff of 1500 officers. White officers are very fearful of minority citizens they encounter. As a result they’re too quick to shoot, and then hide behind the get out of jail free card of, “I was in fear of my life.”

    That’s just fact. And another fact is so many American’s choose to live in denial because their own hatred of non whites blind them.

    Good on Seattle in making some good out of their protest. I encourage other teams to follow their example.

  33. “Inclusiveness” is a buzz-word for the anything-goes society which is so prevalent nowadays. I personally run the other way when I hear that word. Instead of inclusiveness how about simply teaching right from wrong….like we used to in this country not all that long ago. Not all people, or all things, are good.

  34. To those that say “you people whine no matter what they do”….. After what I’ve seen what have become of colleges, content matters. If it’s going to be nothing but white privilege victimhood nonsense, that isn’t going to result in change.

  35. Where is the Bennett lies police video came out today story or does that not fit this websites agenda. I’m sure if they do come out with one it will be the typical not committal story. Headline will be “Michael Bennett video is out and still even less is known about what really happened” and the story will be the video shows what happened but it doesn’t really show if excessive force was used. More video than the 896 clips looked at by cops will have to be seen before we can fully determine if the excessive force that didn’t happen in these videos happened in another video. There is video Outside of a David copperfield show where magic was being performed so it’s any ones guess what may or may not have happened. But for now I’m more inclined to take the nfl players version over the cops until more footage is shown.

  36. mybrunoblog says:

    September 29, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    In some weird way I feel like President Trump contributed to this movement. I hope they can help some people reach their full potential.

    Vry Insightful post. In EIGHT LONG YEARS the last president did absolutely nothing to bring this country together. In one weekend the current PRESIDENT UNIFIDED the NATION along RESEPECTING the FLAG and VETS, in turn he acutally ADVANCED the call for all the “PROTESTERS” than they ever did themselselves. WAKE UP. LOCK ARMS. STAND FOR RIGHTENOUS. but DO NOT Disrespect those that gave you that right.

  37. If they are still kneeling it doesn’t matter.

    The country is lucky veterans didn’t cower in their locker room.

  38. skawh says:
    September 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    What say you about the kid in Oakland shot point blank while handcuffed? Or the grown male in Atlanta shot and killed while his hands are in the air? There are countless stories throughout America just like this. And instead of observing with a critical eye or investigating to truth you choose to mock.
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    And many of them are embellished, just like yours. The kid in Oakland wasn’t cuffed and the officer was tried and convicted. Mentally ill Anthony Hill was naked and charging Robert Olsen in what Olsen stated appeared to be a drug crazed life threatening fashion when shot and killed . Olsen is still awaiting trial. Perhaps a bit of that critical eye or appreciation for truth would go a long way in helping you understand why it is hard to take you seriously. There are real problems that need addressing, embellishment doesn’t help.

  39. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 29, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    “Is it written by Linda Sarsour, Colin Kaepernick, and ANTIFA’s UCal Berkley professors?”

    You know I see a lot of people criticizing ANTIFA like being against fascism is a bad thing.
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    Good hell, you are the dumbest human being alive if you think Antifa are really “anti-fascists.” Antifa is the exact embodiment of fascism. Pull your head out.

  40. audio2sell says:

    Good for you guys.
    You didn’t need to piss off the fans by kneeling during the anthem. Instead you could have done this right from the start.
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    Protest will always piss off a “certain group”. Kneeling brought forth an “immediate” impact, unlike donating to charity, which will not mentally impact the thoughts of police or our citizens. It’s sad how people keep talking about fans and ratings, when all the players are trying to do is bring awareness to police brutality…that’s all. I’m not gay, so who am I to debate a gay person on what goes on within their realm of reality? The information on violence against Blacks in history has never been more available than it is today, you just have to want to see it. I love the NFL, but would give it up in a heartbeat to end racism and bigotry, but I doubt, based on the comments in this section, that the average person would do the same. Life was here way before a flag, a nation, football etc—all the players are trying to do is remind people of the value in it.

  41. PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:
    September 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Will this fund also contribute to non African American communities?
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    You username says it all.

  42. This is fantastic. The team that employs Michael Bennett, who has now been proven to be a lying liar, tainting irreparably these so-called protests, starts this program. The team that employs Richard Sherman, a well educated idiot who can’t keep his mouth shut and is a flaming regressive leftist, starts this program. A team that employs Pete Carroll, a lying, cheating despicable excuse for a coach, who high tailed it out of USC just prior to getting caught, starts this program. The team that can’t even get along with each other, infighting for years about offense vs. defense, starts this program. This team that employed Marshall Lynch, an insufferable, selfish dirtbag of a human being, starts this program. What an absolute joke. Role models all around, huh?

  43. Being a good person in your community is a start. Being a good person behind the anonymity of the internet is another.

    So many people are so firmly entrenched in their beliefs they cannot possibly believe any other truths exist. Each side seems to have their own version of what is happening, and their own solution. The answer, as well as the truth, is somewhere in the middle. Until we can at least listen to an opposite viewpoint, we will continue to divide.

    Do good things in your community, but realize this nation is bigger than your backyard. Open your eyes to the views of others, understand why they disagree with you, and find common ground.

    So many people “in power” want to divide us. We, as Americans, need to take back our country. The UNITED States.

  44. As a vet that served 23 years, regarding the kneeling protest, I wasn’t disrespected in the least. Yet many on here said, apparently speaking for me, I was disrespected.

    There is a reason the first amendment was listed first. If you truly do not know why, I suggest reading multiple books, by various authors, about the revolution. You may have a better understanding of why the first amendment is the first amendment.

    Forced patriotism is never a good thing. A good example in today’s world, North Korea. Just my two cents. (I’ll probably get blasted though on here). Good day to you all!

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