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    Tuesday
    Sep162014

    Pete Carroll takes a turn as a ‘Guest Barista’ to benefit A Better Seattle

    As Dennise Fredrickson pulled into the drive-through lane at the Sunset Boulevard Starbucks in Renton, she had no idea who was about to deliver her daily espresso.

    It was Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who “worked” an hour-long shift – and also worked the room – on Tuesday afternoon as part of the partnership between the Seahawks and Starbucks to benefit his A Better Seattle program.

    “I had no idea Pete was going to be here,” a still-stunned Frederickson said as she pulled away from the drive-through window. “I go to Starbucks once a day. I was in line and thought I saw him from a distance and I said, ‘Is that Pete Carroll?’ ”

    The obvious answer: Of course not, because the coach of the Seahawks was at Virginia Mason Athletic Center putting together the game plan for Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field. But just as obviously, this was indeed a special occasion.

    “Oh my gosh, this is so exciting,” Fredrickson said.

    Needless to say, this was not just another Tuesday afternoon at the Sunset Starbucks.

    Carroll, wearing a green Starbucks apron with a “Pete” name tag, greeted a gathering of 150 or so fans who packed the joint. He posed for pictures and autographed everything from footballs, to jerseys, to the bill of a visor, to the special Starbucks cards that also are helping raise funds for A Better Seattle.

    Then Carroll really got busy. He took orders and passed out drinks from behind the counter. He took a couple of turns at the drive-through window. A one point, the crowd broke into “Happy Birthday to You,” because Monday was Carroll’s birthday.

    “We’ve had so much fun with the 12s, and we’ve had a great interaction and exchange over the years, it’s just great to be able to give back to them,” Carroll said. “They give so much to us. We give back as much as we can. But you get to get this close and connected and have fun with it, it’s really a great joy.”

    “Guest Barista” Tuesday also was played out at nine other Starbucks locations as linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was at the University Village store; left tackle Russell Okung was at the Starbucks on NE 44th in Renton, just across I-405 from VMAC; tight end Luke Willson was at the Russell Investments Center in Seattle; linebacker Mike Morgan was at the Starbucks on Martin Luther King Jr. Way; kicker Steven Hauschka was at the Rose Hill Starbucks in Kirkland; wide receiver Bryan Walters was at the Starbucks on NE 8th in Bellevue; defensive lineman Greg Scruggs was the Union Station outlet in Seattle; defensive back DeShawn Shead was at the Southcenter Starbucks; and defensive lineman D’Anthony Smith was at the South Jackson location in Seattle.

    “This is a great thing for the entire community and all of Seattle, and just a great thing to be partnered with A Better Seattle and with Pete Carroll and the Seahawks,” said Carol Wise, Starbucks vice president of regional operations. “What a cool thing that customers can come into their local Starbucks, get a Starbucks card that’s a Seahawks card and with every purchase you donate 25 cents to A Better Seattle.

    “So by doing what you do every day, you give back to local youth in the community. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

    Last year, the Seahawks version of the Starbucks cards raised $50,000 for A Better Seattle. This year, when the program runs through Sunday, the goal is $75,000.

    “Thanks to all of our customers, all the Seahawks’ fans and to coach Carroll for making this possible,” Wise said.

    The real winners in all of this are the organizations that A Better Seattle supports, especially the YMCA’s Alive & Free program.

    “Alive & Free has been around for a little over 11 years in the city of Seattle,” said Sean Goode, Alive & Well outreach supervisor. “A couple of years ago, we had the opportunity to move into South King County. There’s such a pressing need there, but the cities in the south don’t have the same resources that the city of Seattle does.

    “So enter Coach Carroll. A Better Seattle has been able to fund outreach to youth who had been able to receive the services in Seattle but now live in South King County cities – the cities of Auburn, Renton, Tukwila, Kent and SeaTac. And it’s excellent because now we can provide outreach workers to actual engage young people where they’re at, connect them with services and get them out of the lifestyles that they’re really use to.”

    Goode then paused and glanced across the room at Carroll before adding, “It’s really significant, because in absence of coach Carroll and A Better Seattle we would not be able to do this work in South King County in the way that we’ve been able to do it.”

    Just don’t tell the fans who flocked to see Pete Carroll that they weren’t the real winners.

    “This was great,” Heidi Kirk said.

    She and her friend, Chris Kerr, had just flown back from San Diego, where they attended the Seahawks game against the Chargers on Sunday. When they stopped by the Pro Shop at The Landing in Renton to buy a birthday gift, they discovered via Facebook the Carroll was just up the street.

    “So here we are,” Kirk said. “And Pete signed my ticket from the San Diego game.”

    Monday
    Jan062014

    Seahawks-Themed License Plates Available

     

    Seahawks-themed license plates are now available for purchase.

    Net proceeds from Seahawks plate sales will go to InvestED (www.invested.org), a Seattle-based non-profit that partners with schools statewide to help students from low-income families pay for clothes, shoes, school activity cards, testing fees and other student needs.

    In addition, the Seahawks announced today the specialty license plate no. 00001 featuring the team logo and 12 flag is available via auction starting today through Saturday, January 11 at noon. All net proceeds from the auction will benefit Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's A Better Seattle.
     
    "This is a cool opportunity to show your Seahawks' pride and support A Better Seattle's work in our community," said Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
     
    Seahawks license plates no. 00002 - 00025 were auctioned off earlier this fall to benefit non-profit, InvestED. Over $109,000 was raised. License plate no. 00012 went for over $42,000.

    License Plate FAQ

    The Seahawks announced today the specialty license plate no. 00001 featuring the team logo and 12 flag is available via auction starting today through Saturday, January 11 at noon. All net proceeds from the auction will benefit Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's A Better Seattle, an initiative working to reduce Seattle area youth and gang violence by forging partnerships that generate opportunities for at-risk youth to take control of their lives and strive for better futures.

     

    "This is a cool opportunity to show your Seahawks' pride and support A Better Seattle's work in our community," said Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

     

    Seahawks license plates no. 00002 - 00025 were auctioned off earlier this fall to benefit non-profit, InvestED. Over $109,000 was raised. License plate no. 00012 went for over $42,000.

    Friday
    Nov292013

    Off the field, Pete Carroll is an evangelist for better living

    Seattle Time's Jerry Brewer profile's A Better Seattle and their work in Auburn, Kenton, SeaTac, Renton and Tukwila.

    Pete Carroll is on pause, it seems. He’s not thinking about five other things. The words coming from his mouth are slow and thoughtful, not the usual stampede of insight and wit. He’s actually in the moment.

    “There’s no bull(bleep) here,” Carroll says. “There’s no bull(bleep). This is the real deal. We’re talking about life and death.”

    The spry Seahawks coach surely has coffee beans for blood cells, but on this March day, he’s leaning forward on a couch in his office and making sure I match his eye contact. During the busy football season, he can come across as a preoccupied public figure. Not now. He’s talking about something even more important to him than winning forever.

    “Listen to me,” he says. “This is amazing stuff.”

    Carroll came to Seattle four years ago as a rock star with an awkward charisma. He won two college national championships at USC, and the story was that he returned to the NFL, where he had been fired twice before, to diminish the red ink on his career and complete his legacy. But with Carroll, there’s always more.

    At USC, Carroll learned he had the power to “convene people for a purpose.” First, he won on the field, and then he tried to effect change off it. Tired of hearing about gang-related deaths on the radio during his drive to work, Carroll founded a nonprofit organization called A Better LA 10 years ago. His efforts to apply his team-building philosophy and restore peace in inner-city Los Angeles gained national attention as he walked the crime-infested streets and spoke with gang leaders.

    Click here to read the full story.

    Friday
    Oct252013

    Seahawks Support A Better Seattle as Starbucks Baristas

    The Seahawks and Starbucks kicked off a week-long campaign on Wednesday to raise funds for A Better Seattle, and coach Pete Carroll and eight of his players got into the spirit by working behind the coffee counters.

    Wednesday
    Oct232013

    Starbucks steps up to benefit A Better Seattle

    Coach Pete Carroll and eight Seahawks players will appear as guest baristas Wednesday afternoon as Starbucks and the NFL team kickoff a campaign to raise funds for A Better Seattle.

    By Clare Farnsworth, Seahawks.com

    Coming soon to a Starbucks near you, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and selected players as guest baristas.

    Very soon and very near, depending on which Starbucks you frequent.

    Starbucks and the Seahawks kicked off a one-week campaign on Wednesday to raise funds for Carroll’s A Better Seattle (ABS), which works to reduce youth gang violence by forging public-private partnerships that help generate the motivation and resources for at-risk youth to take control of their lives and strive for better futures.

    Enter Starbucks, in a big way. The Starbucks Foundation is making an initial grant of $50,000 to launch the campaign and inviting customers and fans to join in by making donations at participating Western Washington Starbucks locations or online at abetterseattle.com.

    And that’s where Carroll and his players come in. They will be appearing at various locations on Wednesday afternoon. The players involved are tackle Russell Okung, nose tackle Brandon Mebane, punter Jon Ryan, linebacker and special teams captain Heath Farwell, kicker Steven Hauschka, snapper Clint Gresham, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and tight end Luke Willson.

    The Starbucks involved are at Westlake, 6th and Union, 1st and Walker, Rainier Ave. and Edmunds and Rainier Ave. S in Seattle; I-405 and 44th in Renton; Kelsey Creek in Bellevue; and downtown Kirkland on Lake Washington Blvd.

    “We’re excited about it,” Carroll said Tuesday after practice. “We’re looking forward to combining with them in an effort to support the work that our guys do here in the streets in Seattle and the surrounding area. Starbucks has jumped up and we’re going to have some fun with it.”

    Since ABS was launched in 2011, 12 outreach workers have been hired, and ABS has supported YMCA of Seattle’s Alive & Free street outreach team which serves youth impacted by gangs, violence and the juvenile justice system. In addition to Seattle, donations to ABS will fund the efforts of outreach workers in Renton, Kent, Tukwila, Auburn and SeaTac.

    SEAHAWKS AT STARBUCKS
    Stores Address
    Westlake Drive-Thru 1200 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
    6th and Union 1420 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
    1st and Walker 1962 1st Ave S., Seattle, WA 98134
    Rainier Ave & Edmunds 4824 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118
    I-405 & 44th 1785 NE 44th Street, Renton, WA 98056
    Rainier Ave S. 621 Rainier Avenue S., Renton, WA
    Kelsey Creek Bellevue 180 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98007
    Downtown Kirkland/Lake Street 116 Lake Street S., Kirkland, WA 98033