Russell Okung lends a helping hand

Posted Jul 16, 2014

The focus of Russell Okung’s off-field activities is helping kids, which the Seahawks’ Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle did again on Tuesday by serving lunches in the Summer Meals program at Renton’s Heritage Park.

Russell Okung is a big man with an even bigger heart, especially when it comes to kids.

That was apparent once again on Tuesday, when the Seahawks’ 6-foot-5, 310-pound left tackle teamed with Safeway to provide lunches to kids who participate in Summer Meals program at Renton’s Heritage Park.

“It’s part of my life, and I think it’s an extension of who I am or what I’m about,” said Okung, who was the Seahawks’ Man of the Year in 2012 for his off-field endeavors through his UP Foundation. “Working in conjunction with Safeway, we’re teaching kids about eating more healthy and living healthy lifestyles. And in turn, how that can help you live a lot more efficient life, whether you’re in school or even active in sports.”

Okung, a first-round draft choice in 2010 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2012, never had the type of role model he has become until much later in his life. That’s why the focus of his work in the community centers on helping kids.

“I wasn’t fortunate to have it until I got older, but once I got older I realized how important being healthy was – not just from a lifestyle standpoint, but being disease free,” he said. “Being a lot more active, I saw what kind of difference it made in my life – how I was able to get up early and really do well in school and even in sports.”

The proof on this Tuesday was right there in front of the several dozen kids Okung was serving.

“I’m glad the Seattle Seahawks and Safeway have allowed me to help them head this program,” he said.