Satisfaction Month is underway, and for the Seahawks and different Seattle sports activities franchises, this month is a chance to assist the LGBTQ+ group, promote acceptance and create consciousness.
Extra particularly, the Seahawks, OL Reign, Kraken, Mariners, Sounders FC and Storm are teaming up to support gender-inclusive youth sports with support of the Washington State Interscholastic Activities Association and its newly-released gender-inclusive toolkit for leaders who interact with athletes throughout the state. The six groups are additionally partnering with Intentionalist in a month-long program to drive assist for native LGBTQ+-owned small enterprise.
“We consider in respect, inclusivity and fairness for all,” Seahawks president Chuck Arnold mentioned. “As leaders and position fashions for youth in our group, we’re proud to return along with our native skilled sports activities groups to assist Satisfaction Month and stand beside the WIAA of their mission to make Washington state athletics a spot the place all youth really feel like they’re welcome.”
The free, digital gender-inclusive toolkit was designed by specialists and the WIAA and Gender Variety, a nationwide nonprofit devoted to growing consciousness and understanding of the big selection of gender variety. The toolkit is on the market for all youth coaches, Ok-12 academics and directors and oldsters in Washington State. The toolkit will be downloaded at wiaa.com/dei, and helps handle the nationwide dialogue round transgender and nonbinary college students, educating finest practices and offering assets to help within the growth of supportive and non-discriminatory environments for younger folks..
“By offering an inclusive toolkit, coaches and directors can take assured, educated steps in the direction of creating probably the most secure and welcoming setting for all youth who’re considering collaborating in any sport at any stage,” mentioned WIAA Government Director Mick Hoffman. “The assist and amplification of this useful resource from the Seattle professional sports activities group is important in its influence and ensures that Washington state, as a complete, continues to be an inclusive place for all to play.”
To assist the toolkit, the six Seattle-area sports activities groups created a public service announcement that shall be shared on group platforms and used statewide by the WIAA. The PSA can be downloaded for media use here and options the next representatives: Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC midfielder), Quinn (OL Reign midfielder), Dave Hunter (Seattle Kraken Professional Scout), Mitch Haniger (Seattle Mariners proper fielder), Scott Servais (Seattle Mariners Supervisor), Karen Wilkins-Mickey (Seattle Seahawks, VP of Variety, Fairness & Inclusion), Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm guard), Sue Chook (Seattle Storm guard) and Mick Hoffman (WIAA Government Director).
As a part of the “Spend With Satisfaction” marketing campaign, the Seahawks are supporting three native LGBTQ+-owned eating places: Belltown’s Taqueria Cantina, Madrona’s Shikorina Pastries and Capitol Hill’s Two Doorways Down. To indicate assist through the marketing campaign, the Seahawks will go to every of the eating places with Mascot Blitz and Seahawks personalities to host a Seahawks Instagram takeover with the homeowners of the eating places. As well as, the Seahawks will host a dialog with Seattle sports activities groups, Intentionalist and different LGBTQ+ owned small companies, encouraging followers to “Spend with Satisfaction” all through the month of June and past.
Followers of all groups shall be inspired to go to Intentionalist.com/Spend-With-Pride to view a listing of native companies collaborating within the promotion. All through the month, followers can add receipts from these companies for possibilities to win jerseys or group prize packs from every group. Every time a receipt is uploaded, followers can choose with group prize pack they want to enter to win.
All through the Mont the Seahawks may even donate greater than $10,000 to assist LGBTQ+ organizations, together with Seattle Satisfaction Parade, The Ryan O’Callaghan Basis, and Athlete Ally.
And every evening from June 21 via June 27, each Lumen Subject and T-Cellular Park will gentle their rooftop arches in rainbow colours to rejoice Satisfaction. Seahawks followers may even discover Satisfaction-themed avatars throughout Seahawks social media channels all through the month of June.
To study extra about how one can assist and take part, go to Seahawks.com/socialjustice.