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Washington State University students establish charity event to support Trufant Family Foundation

Posted Apr 10, 2014

"Strikes for Scholarships" - a bowling & silent auction event set for April 19 in Pullman, Wash. - has partnered with former Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant to provide opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

Give it up one time for the crimson-and-gray support of the Seahawks' blue-and-green.

A group of five Washington State University sport management students have teamed with former Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant to put on the Inaugural Trufant Family Foundation Strikes for Scholarships event on Saturday, April 19 at Zeppoz Bowling Alley in Pullman, Wash.

The collaborative effort between the students and Trufant - a 2002 WSU alum - will raise awareness for the Trufant Family Foundation, which aims at providing opportunities for disadvantaged youth and their families. It will also look to establish a scholarship fund for a student in the Seattle/Tacoma area who hopes to further their education at WSU.

The idea for the inaugural affair comes after students were tasked to create a charity event from scratch to benefit a foundation of their choosing. WSU students reached out to the former Coug Trufant on Twitter, and Strikes for Scholarships was born.

"Marcus continues to be loved by the fans and they really support what his foundation does for the students that have the ultimate dream of going to college, but are faced with the financial struggles," said WSU senior Patrick Winter, one of the five students behind the effort. 

For Trufant, the Tacoma native who spent four years on the Palouse before going on to earn Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in a 10-year career with the Seahawks, learning that a group of fellow Cougs were looking to help meant a lot.

"That was big," Trufant said at Monday night's 'Draft Day' premiere at the Seattle Cinerama. "They had to choose a foundation to work with and they chose to work with me. I was honored."

Strikes for Scholarships registration is open to the first 70 bowlers, with a silent auction and raffle available to the general public. Auction items include Richard Sherman and Pete Carroll autographed photos, a football signed by Cougars head coach Mike Leach, and autographed memorabilia from Marcus and his two brothers - Desmond Trufant of the Atlanta Falcons and Isaiah Trufant of the Cleveland Browns.

"There's a lot more than just wheat fields going on out there, man," Trufant added. "A lot of people don't know if they haven't spent any time out there that it's a tight-knit community. The students, they band together and they do a lot of stuff together because it's nothing but kids out there and it's a great time."

If you're looking to contribute, but feel Pullman is a bit too far of a trek, out-of-towners can support the cause by donating to Strikes for Scholarships online

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