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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's Passing Academy comes to Seattle
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This past weekend, nearly 300 campers turned out to the University of Washington for the final stop of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's Passing Academy tour for inner-city and underprivileged area youth.
While there was an emphasis on developing the children's skills on the football field (and how could there not be, with Wilson and teammates Sidney Rice, Sean McGrath, Winston Guy, Robert Turbin, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon on hand), the primary goal of Wilson's camp was to encourage kids to develop high character, moral standards, a sense of competitiveness and fair play, as well as a respect for authority and service to others.
“This is my joy, man,” Wilson said to Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times. “Being able to coach football is something that I love to do. Just being around it all the time. People always tell me to take a break, but when you love something it’s hard to take a break from it…It puts a huge smile on my face.
“To be able to host my own passing academy for kids, my buddy Scott Pickett, he’s my chief business officer for the camp, me and him have been thinking about this since 10th grade, 11th grade. It’s just really important to be here with these kids.”
Saturday and Sunday's visit to Seattle culminated a five-stop, cross-country tour for Wilson, who prior to the weekend visit in the Emerald City had hosted camps in Spokane, Wash., his hometown of Richmond, Va., Raleigh, N.C. (where Wilson attended North Carolina State University), and Madison, Wis. (where Wilson played for the University of Wisconsin after earning a communications degree in three years from NC State). Read