SA Honors Russell Wilson
Collaborating with Demetrius Marlowe in establishing a middle school leadership conference at North Carolina State University was just the beginning of a long list of humanitarian initiatives for star quarterback Russell Wilson. In the offseason, he hosts the Russell Wilson Passing Academy, a youth football camp, in several cities. He is a national ambassador for the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association, and has volunteered at Joint Base Lewis–McChord (US Army) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Recently, Wilson founded the Why Not You Foundation, with its mission to “empower change in the world, one individual at a time.” In 2014, the foundation raised awareness and funds for domestic violence survivors through its “Pass the Peace” initiative. Today, his Tuesday visits to the Seattle Children’s Hospital have become legendary. Last year, Wilson received the Arthur S. Langlie Award for visionary leadership at the annual Red Kettle Luncheon in Seattle. The award is named for a long–time advisory board member and volunteer. Said Wilson, “The most important thing I think about is the lesson my mom and dad both taught me, and that’s to serve other people and be willing to give back.” Quoting John 3:30, he continued, “He must increase, but I must decrease [NASB], and that’s what life’s about.”