“It was definitely an honor for our team to be recognized for our off-field accomplishments,” said Okung.
Okung accepted the award during the foundation’s Champions for Children Annual Giving Luncheon at the Washington State Convention Center. And as honors goes, this one was more meaningful for a couple of reasons.
First, The Moyer Foundation Humanitarian Award was presented to the Seahawks for “their incredible commitment to excellence on and off the field, bringing together the Seattle community and the 12th Man in a profound way,” as it was described on the foundation’s website.
“We have a lot of guys who have hearts for this community and want to see it thrive,” said Okung, who was named the Seahawks’ Man of the Year in 2012 for his work in the community. “So to be recognized with the Humanitarian Award winner for The Moyer Foundation is great.
“They do a lot of good things in the community, and I’m glad the Seahawks can be a part of it.”
Then there is the connection to Karen and Jamie Moyer, who have made giving back to the community a priority in the cities where Jamie’s career as a Major League Baseball pitcher have taken them – the Chicago Cubs (1986-88), Texas Rangers (1989-90), St. Louis Cardinals (1991), Baltimore Orioles (1993-95), Boston Red Sox (1996), Seattle Mariners (1996-2006), Philadelphia Phillies (2006-10) and Colorado Rockies (2012).
“Jamie and Karen do so much,” Okung said. “They’ve really dedicated themselves toward the at-risk youth and really just given back. The Moyer Foundation is doing amazing things for our community and for baseball communities league-wide.
“So it’s great to be a part of that, and have the Seahawks honored for our efforts as a part of that.”