December 29, 1997
Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen raise money for new pediatric playroom
Before the 1997 NFL season began, members of the Seattle Seahawks offensive line set a goal to raise $30,000 to build a new pediatric playroom at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland. When the final seconds ticked off the clock in Sunday's 38-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, the offensive line had exceeded their expectations by raising $40,300.
As part of the linemen's Building Blocks for Kids program with Evergreen, the players donated money based on their performance in each of the Seahawks' regular season games. Evergreen got $50 for each Seahawk first down and $250 for each offensive touchdown. Bonuses 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. Their weekly progress has been tracked on a huge banner that hangs in the Evergreen Hospital galleria. Their average donation has been $2,518 each week. Their single largest weekly donation was $4,550 for the Oct. 26 win over the Oakland Raiders.
The Seahawks offensive linemen got involved in the playroom project as a way for them to do something for the community's children. For some of them, it was also a way to say thanks for the care they and their families have received at Evergreen. Center Kevin Mawae's son was born at Evergreen's Family Maternity Center in March, and tackle Grant Williams is looking forward to the birth of his first child there any day now.
The new playroom is nearing completion, and is expected to be open in mid January. It will feature built-in cupboards and bookcases to hold games, books, magazines, videos and video games appropriate for all ages. A study area complete with a computer and reference materials will help patients keep up with 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.
Seahawks involved in the project are James Atkins, Howard Ballard, Frank Beede, Greg Bloedorn, Derrick Graham, Walter Jones, Pete Kendall, Kevin Mawae and Grant Williams. The community can join the Seahawks in the Building Blocks for Kids program with donations of cash or items needed for the playroom. Questions about the playroom and its needs can be addressed to Kim Boehm at Evergreen Hospice and Health Care Foundation, (425) 899-1901.