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    Cleveland Athletes Surprised by Seahawks and Safeway Donation
    Posted on 05/30/2018
    Cleveland High School football team surprised by Seahawks at event

    Cleveland Athletes Surprised by Seahawks and Safeway Donation

    When Cleveland High School's football team suit’s up next year, they will be doing so with new equipment thanks in part to a $20,000 donation from the Seattle Seahawks.

    The announcement came at the start of Cleveland’s first annual Talon Awards, an event co-sponsored by the Seahawks to recognize Cleveland athletes, and brought a roar of cheers from the crowd that filled Cleveland's gym. Seahawks players Tedric Thompson, Marcus Smith and Dion Jordan took the stage with a pair of Sea Gals and mascots Blitz and Boom to present the oversized check to the Eagles football team.

    In a brief chat with Seahawks players, radio host and co-emcee Gee Scott asked Jordan what it means to be a good teammate, and the defensive end connected Seahawks' goals to Cleveland's motto of “Spirit, Unity, Progress.” Jordan spoke about how their donation aims to promote academic success, healthy lifestyles and respectful treatment of one another.

    The donations didn't stop there. Safeway's Sara Osborn announced a donation of 250 cases of healthy, protein snacks and $3,000 in gift cards to fuel athletes.

    Seahawks mascot hugs studnet Cleveland Principal George Breland said he is grateful for the donations, which will help the high school return to its glory days. He thanked the Seahawks for stepping up and helping student-athletes who are appreciative and called it a “natural partnership.”

    "The Seahawks are trying to give back to a Seattle school and help out a program with inner-city kids," Breland said. "Public-private partnership is the way to go. Not just for Cleveland; all our students can prosper."

    Associate Superintendent of Capital, Facilities and Operations Flip Herndon also recognized the benefit of the pairing.

    “Seattle Public Schools values community partnerships, like the one between Cleveland High School and the Seattle Seahawks,” Herndon said. “This generous donation by the Seahawks showcases the lasting impact organized sports can have on the community. It also builds the capacity of the district to collaboratively ensure our youth have the resources to continue to achieve success on and off the field.”

    The donations mean the Cleveland Eagles will have first-rate equipment, Breland said, which will help with self-esteem, level the playing field and let athletes know they can do anything and compete with anyone.

    Although the $20,000 is earmarked specifically for football, Breland said they also want to make sure to help their female athletes too. He said plans still are being solidified to accomplish that.

    Once the donations were announced, the evening proceeded with the Talon Award recipients. More than a dozen awards were given to student-athletes. View a photo gallery of the award winners on the Cleveland Publications Facebook page.

    Cleveland media teacher Teresa Scribner, the event organizer and co-emcee, was praised by Breland for spearheading this event. Scribner was motivated to reach each student because “We are not a school that put a lot of emphasis on sports,” she said.

    “We have a rigorous curriculum, and sometimes sports go unnoticed. I want our students to feel like they matter all the time, whether they are in the classroom, in athletics or in their personal lives. I always want them to feel like we acknowledge everything they do, and we are proud of them.”