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.
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