Completely separate from any ties to the official NFL brand, the Seattle Seahawks players created their own players action fund intended to help social justice causes. The Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund, recently donated $225,000 to a number of different organizations with the intent to support social justice causes.
The $225,000 lump sum donated by the Seattle Seahawks is the second dispersal made solely from the player’s pockets.
The grant amount donated to each organization has ranged from $25,000 to $50,000. All the groups specialize in matters strictly associating with either education, criminal justice reform, bail reform and homelessness issues.
Seattle Seahawks players joined together last season to create the action fund, since then, Seahawks players have consistently and willfully dedicated themselves to making an impact off the field. Seattle players formed this fund, “in an effort to create lasting change and build a more compassionate and inclusive society.”
In just over a year, The Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund, has raised over $1.2 million to be dispersed. Just in the month of December, funding provided grants ranging from $15,000-$25,000 to seven different social justice organizations.
The hub for the Seahawks Player Action Fund has partnered with the Seattle Foundation, which currently handles nearly $1 billion in charitable/philanthropic investments.
“I was kind of taken aback by how involved everyone was in the community when I got here,” said left tackle Duane Brown.
“It really shows that guys aren’t just talking about it; everyone is putting things into action, putting money behind it. As players in our position, we’re obligated, I feel like, to help the community. Everyone is pretty passionate about it in these different areas — homelessness, criminal justice and education — they’re things that can really, really affect our future.”
The Seattle Seahawks, in the past, have had multiple players protest by kneeling during the national anthem. So far this season, the Seahawks organization has flipped its focus from on field demonstrations, to off the field impacts.
It is a fresh of breath air to see players finally realizing their decisions to disrespect the flag, our country, and the groups of people who protect it was making no real impact on the problems important to them.
This action fund is the step in the right direction for players and athletes alike who feel so strongly about certain issues in our country. Instead of kneeling, raising a fist, or causing controversy these players are finding a suitable and acceptable way to make a real, immediate impact in their communities, and for others in need.