Nearly 2,000 Commercial Airplanes employees and guests had front-row seats as their employer and local National Football League team showed off some of their best moves at Boeing Day at Seahawks Training Camp on Sunday, Aug. 12.
Before the Seahawks players took the field for practice, the two organizations held a joint “pre-game show” where they announced the newest chapter in their Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing program that provides 100 tickets to local youth organizations for every regular-season Seahawks home game.
In addition to the seven organizations already chosen to receive tickets in 2018 (see list below), the Seahawks and Boeing are seeking nominations to select one final youth organization to recognize and reward. Fans interested in nominating a local organization are encouraged to submit at www.seahawks.com/legionofyouth by Sept. 30. The final group will be announced in October.
“Boeing works to enhance opportunities for youth in Washington state and provide them with tools and resources that allow them to thrive,” said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “That is why we teamed with the Seahawks to create this unique program that rewards local kids who are working hard to be leaders in their schools and communities.”
Started in 2014, the Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing program seeks to empower youth in Washington by providing Seahawks game tickets to community organizations that serve kids throughout the Northwest. LOY provides 100 game tickets to a group or organization each regular season home game.
During each of the eight regular season games, 25 students will each receive four game tickets, breakfast with a special visit from a Seahawks Legend, concession vouchers, and a Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing sweatshirt.
The pre-game show also included performances by the Blue Thunder drum line and the Sea Gals cheer squad as well as of words of thanks from Boeing executives Bruce Dickinson and Erik Nelson to the Boeing employees who had been chosen by their management to attend.
Seahawks players did their part by putting on a display of dizzying agility, super-human sprints and gravity-defying leaps during practice and then mingling with the crowd afterward for autographs and selfies.
“Most of my coworkers love the Seahawks so being able to attend an event like this together is really special,” said Roger Torres, a member of the 737 engine crew.
“In the short time I have been here, I get the feeling that Boeing really cares about finding opportunities to get its employees involved in the community,” said Michael Douangdara, who has been with the company for about a year. “This is a good beginning to my career at Boeing, and I am excited to see what the future holds.”
Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing chosen organizations: Nerdy Girls, FIRST Washington, Techbridge, Work Force Development Center, Youth in Focus, JUMA, Washington Mesa.
By Dan Ivanis