Seahawks throw their support to We Day Seattle

Posted Mar 12, 2014

In addition to coach Pete Carroll and four of his players from the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, actor Edward Norton and singer Joe Jonas will be included in the We Day Seattle lineup on March 21.

Edward Norton. Joe Jonas. Martin Luther King III. Pete Carroll. Russell Wilson. Bobby Wagner. Jermaine Kearse.

What could this diverse lineup of personalities possibly have in common? All will be at the Free The Children-organized We Day Seattle celebration on March 21 at Key Arena, and so will Logan Breidenbach.

The lineup of leaders and A-list entertainers that will grace the stage at Key Arena was announced Wednesday during a news conference at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Breidenbach will be among the 15,000 students that earned their way into the event. She wasn’t at We Day Seattle last year, when the event was held in the United States for the first time.

“I heard there were famous people there, and every kid wants to go see that,” said Breidenbach, 12 and seventh-grader at Enumclaw Middle School. “I also heard about the man with no legs, and that really made me want to go because it was just so inspiring how even though he had no legs that didn’t hold him back from coming and inspiring other people.”

That would be Spencer West, a double amputee who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and also is a Me to We inspirational speaker and Free The Children ambassador. West also will be at this year’s We Day Seattle.

“So I really wanted to make sure I got to attend We Day this year,” Breidenbach said.

But you can’t just show up or even buy a ticket. Students earn their way into the event by doing something – just about anything – to help their community. For Breidenbach, that meant a canned food drive and a Pack-the-Gym night that benefitted Special Olympic.

“It was really cool, because we collected enough cans to make CenturyLink Field – a little stadium,” she said. “The Seahawks were there, the 12th Man. It was pretty cool.”

So is We Day, as those who attended last year discovered and those who will be newcomers this year are about to find out.

In addition to Norton, an actor, filmmaker and co-founder of CrowdRise; Jonas, a member of the Grammy-nominated Jonas Brothers and Free The Children ambassador; King, a human rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; West; and the Seahawks coach and some of his players, the lineup that was announced also includes: Cody Simpson, an Australian singer and musician; Hannah Alper, an 11-year-old inspirational speaker; Molly Burke, a visually impaired inspirational speaker; Roger Levesque, a Seattle Sounders FC alum; Devon Bostick, an actor, director, writer and producer whose work includes “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”; and Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, the first legally deaf NFL player.

We Day Seattle is the reward for the work the students have been doing all year.

“We were so fired up to see the impact thousands of young people from across Washington made last year as part of the We Day movement,” Carroll said. “Like us, they were just getting warmed. This year, we were excited to bring students back to We Day Seattle to celebrate their incredible work and support them as they continue to make their marks on the world.”