SEPTEMBER 1, 1997
Photo courtesy of Evergreen Hospital
Seahawk offensive linemen in their Building Blocks for Kids' poster: Top row (l-r:) Andrew Greene (68,) Robert Barr (64,) Pete Kendall (66,) Frank Beede (63,) Kevin Mawae (52.) Front Row (l-r:) Derrick Graham (77,) Greg Bloedorn (60,) Coach Gregg Smith, Howard Ballard (75,) Grant Williams (79,) Coach Howard Mudd, James Atkins (74.)
Seahawks and Evergreen work together for children's playroom
NW News Staff
When the Seattle Seahawks offensive line takes to the field Aug. 31 for their home opener against the New York Jets, their on-field performance will be especially meaningful for the patients at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center.
Through their Building Blocks for Kids program with the hospital, the football players will be donating money based on their performance in the 1997 season to build a new playroom for pediatric patients. The offensive line has pledged to raise $30,000. As a group, they'll donate $50 for each Seahawk first down and $250 for each touchdown. Bonuses will include $1,000 for each 300-yard passing game; $1,000 for each game with 300 yards total offense and $3,000 for each game with 200 yards rushing.
The athletes have become so involved in the project they have, at tackle Howard Ballard's suggestion, had the playroom design re-drawn to include a study area with a computer and reference materials to help young patients keep up with their school work.
A separate area will offer a place for families to read books, fix a snack, rest or simply cuddle and enjoy some quiet time together. The community can join the Seahawks with donations of cash or items needed for the playroom. For information about the playroom and its needed items, call Kim Boehm at 899-1901.