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Seattle Seahawks, meet Seahawks Gdynia
If you thought the Seahawks secured their first championship in Super Bowl XLVIII, think again.
The Seahawks Gdynia - a Polish American Football League team based in Gdynia, Poland - celebrated their first championship in July 2012, when they took down the Warsaw Eagles in the Polish Bowl, 52-37, in front of 23,000 fans at Warsaw's National Stadium.
The name "Seahawks Gdynia" stems from a 21-year relationship between the two cities - one nestled in the Pacific Northwest and the other bordering the Baltic Sea. The Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association (SGSCA) is a volunteer non-profit organization that aims to support cultural, educational, and economic development with city community partners.
The Seattle Seahawks donated to part of Gdynia's cultural development earlier this year, when a commemorative Super Bowl XLVIII football autographed by defensive end Michael Bennett made its way to the Seattle sister city on May 24, 2014. A few days later, SGSCA member Mat Kubas delivered the championship memorabilia to Seahawks Gdynia head coach Maciej Cetnerowski, who shared the souvenir with his squad.
If you're yearning to learn more about the Pacific Northwest's kinship with Poland, you're in luck. The third annual Polish Festival Seattle takes place this Saturday, July 12, at the Seattle Center. With this latest exchange between the two football clubs, we’ll safely assume there will be some sort of Seahawks gear – be it from Seattle or Gdynia – in the crowd this weekend.