Seventeen-year old Grace lives in Spokane, Wash. and giggles as she describes her reaction to learning that, in recognition of her hard work as a College Success Foundation scholar, she was to receive tickets to a Seattle Seahawks game.
“I said YESSSSS!” she exclaimed.
The tickets are courtesy of the Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing (LOY), a unique community program jointly created by Boeing and the Seattle Seahawks football team in 2014 to provide game tickets to organizations that serve youth throughout the Pacific Northwest. LOY provides 100 game tickets to a group or organization for each regular season home game. The organization then gives those tickets to 25 youth participants in their program, with extra tickets to bring their families and friends.
For the first time this year, Boeing and the Seahawks asked people in the Puget Sound to nominate their favorite organizations for the unique opportunity. College Success Foundation was ultimately selected from dozens of worthy nominees. The foundation works with underserved, low-income students throughout the state to guide them through high school and help them realize their potential in college.
Scholars with College Success Foundation learned they were selected when they saw a congratulatory video message from Seahawks player Luke Willson (see video). Motivated students were chosen from College Success Foundation programs in Seattle and Tacoma, as well as Bremerton, Port Angeles, Spokane and Yakima as well.
After being bused to the game, the students mingled with retired Seahawks players and Boeing alumni, said it was they who felt honored to meet such driven and committed students.
Ray Roberts, a retired Seahawks legend, praised both the students and the Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing program.
“This matters. When I see all the kids here today, they were excited to tell me what they did to get here,” Roberts said. “I think any time you can encourage and support these kids and put your arm around them in any way, it’s always a good thing.”
The students agree. 18-year old Jacob, a senior at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, was particularly thrilled to share the experience with his uncle.
“This is my first game. My uncle is a huge fan so it’s really exciting to be able to bring him here,” Jacob said.
More than that, being recognized by Legion of Youth Powered by Boeing has already made a difference, he said.
“It’s really motivating. It makes us feel like we’re really important. We are the future.”
By Deborah Feldman