Pleasure Month is underway, and for the Seahawks and different Seattle sports activities franchises, this month is a chance to help 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 help for native LGBTQ+-owned small enterprise.
“We imagine in respect, inclusivity and fairness for all,” Seahawks president Chuck Arnold mentioned. “As leaders and function fashions for youth in our group, we’re proud to return along with our native skilled sports activities groups to help Pleasure 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 Range, a nationwide nonprofit devoted to rising consciousness and understanding of the wide selection of gender variety. The toolkit is offered for all youth coaches, Okay-12 academics and directors and fogeys in Washington State. The toolkit could be downloaded at wiaa.com/dei, and helps handle the nationwide dialogue round transgender and nonbinary college students, instructing greatest practices and offering assets to help within the growth of supportive and non-discriminatory environments for younger individuals..
“By offering an inclusive toolkit, coaches and directors can take assured, educated steps in the direction of creating essentially the most secure and welcoming surroundings for all youth who’re enthusiastic about taking part in any sport at any degree,” mentioned WIAA Govt Director Mick Hoffman. “The help and amplification of this useful resource from the Seattle professional sports activities group is important in its affect and ensures that Washington state, as a complete, continues to be an inclusive place for all to play.”
To help the toolkit, the six Seattle-area sports activities groups created a public service announcement that will probably be shared on staff 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 Range, Fairness & Inclusion), Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm guard), Sue Chicken (Seattle Storm guard) and Mick Hoffman (WIAA Govt Director).
As a part of the “Spend With Pleasure” 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 point out help 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 Pleasure” all through the month of June and past.
Followers of all groups will probably be inspired to go to Intentionalist.com/Spend-With-Pride to view an inventory of native companies collaborating within the promotion. All through the month, followers can add receipts from these companies for possibilities to win jerseys or staff prize packs from every staff. Every time a receipt is uploaded, followers can choose with staff prize pack they wish to enter to win.
All through the month the Seahawks may even donate greater than $10,000 to help LGBTQ+ organizations, together with Seattle Pleasure Parade, The Ryan O’Callaghan Basis, and Athlete Ally.
And every evening from June 21 by June 27, each Lumen Discipline and T-Cellular Park will mild their rooftop arches in rainbow colours to have a good time Pleasure. Seahawks followers may even discover Pleasure-themed avatars throughout Seahawks social media channels all through the month of June.
To be taught extra about how one can help and take part, go to Seahawks.com/socialjustice.