I was invited to witness an amazing event on May 3rd celebrating students and educators in Washington state…WE Day Seattle.
Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll kicked off the day and got the kids hyped and loud! He said, “Our adults need you, need your guidance.” The place erupted with cheers. I was amazed at how loud 16,000 students could be. Carroll, also the Co-Chair of WE Day Seattle, was just the start of the of celebrities and musicians that entertained and motivated the group over the next five plus hours.
Hosting the event throughout the day were Jack & Jack, singer-songwriter duo Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky; Olivia Holt, recording artist and actress; and Anthony Gonzalez, actor, singer and musician.
Hip-Hop Artist Sol played his hit Jump In and Noah Cyrus sang her hit song All Falls Down. Marlee Matlin spoke of following her dream of acting although born deaf. Paraplegic Spencer West talked about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro by using his arms only and his documentary Redefining Possible. Jacob Tremblay, star of Wonder, was joined onstage by spokesperson for Treacher Collins syndrome, Nathaniel Newman, to raise awareness about the genetic disorder. Motivational speaker and author Lizzie Valasquez brought the crowd to tears with her powerful words about bullying. Then Ann Curry, Rasheda Ali, and Diane Guerrero all shared moving stories with the young crowd that continued to cheer. As day wrapped up Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback, along with his fiancé Ciara, singer and songwriter, thanked the amazing group of students for their service to others. Lastly Rachel Platten ended the day by singing her hit Fight Song along with the entire arena.