Seattle Seahawks Delta Community Captain
Delta Community Captain
The Seattle Seahawks and Delta Air Lines, the Official Airline Partner of the team, launched a new community-focused program – "Delta Community Captains." The program is designed to recognize local individuals or organizations in the greater Seattle area that are making a difference in the community by naming them as honorary team captains.
The Seahawks and Delta will name three Delta Community Captains per quarter in four categories that align with shared company values: education (July-September), military (October-December), equity/social justice (January-March), and the environment (April-June).
Captains In Social Justice
Dr. Mia Williams
Dr. Mia Williams is the Executive Director of the Department of African American Male Achievement for Seattle Public Schools (SPS). She supports the brilliance and excellence of young Black males and her tireless commitment to educational justice was recognized during the MNF Seahawks game on December 18th where she was announced as the newest Delta Community Captain and also received Seahawks Inspire Change Changemaker award. Dr. Williams works closely with Seahawks programs like Kingmakers of Seattle and WHOLE Mentoring. This is only provides a snapshot of Dr. Williams long-lasting impact on not only the Seattle Seahawks but the state of Washington. For her Community Captain award, Delta is providing flights for Dr. Mia Williams to attend the Super Bowl in Las Vegas!
Captains In Education
Jema Hayes has received the Delta Community Captain award for her great work at Museum of Flight. Jema currently oversees three STEM Learning education programs: Aeronautical Science Pathway, Private Pilot Ground School and Aeronautical Explorations. In her role as Program Coordinator, Jema makes sure that calls are returned, forms are completed, students are accounted for and high school and college credits can be received—all while maintaining her high-energy, results-oriented, can-do approach.
Delta Air Lines is the exclusive airline funding partner for the Private Pilot Ground School.
This program is a three-week intensive look into the world of aviation. Students leave the program with a base of aeronautical knowledge needed to successfully pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) private pilot exam.
Introducing our newest Delta Community Captain, Coach Robert Banks of Dimmitt Middle School! Coach Banks has been the head security guard and basketball coach at Dimmit for many years, making a tremendous impact on the daily lives of his students both on the court and in the hallways. He has been buying shoes for students behind the scenes and out of his pocket for over a decade to be sure that anyone who needs them has access to them. Additionally, Coach Banks has been a driving factor in creating a game room for students to hang out in a safe place before and after school. To recognize the impact Coach is making at Dimmitt Middle School, Seahawks surprised him with a school assembly bringing the Seahawks spirit and donating shoes from Blitz Kick4Kids program to support his efforts to continue to be sure any child has a great pair of shoes for school or sports.
Captains In The Military Community
Monica is Mother of LCpl Eric L. Ward, who was KIA in Afghanistan, and Co-Founder of Gold Star Families of Washington, a state-wide group finding strength in the fellowship of other Gold Star Families who strive to keep the memory of those we have lost by continuing to serve our local military community. Monica advocates for Gold Star Families day in and day out and goes above and beyond to provide wrap around services and one-of-a-kind experiences for them. During our Salute to Service month, Monica volunteered at Seahawks Military Family Day welcoming military families to Lumen Field for a fun day on the field with their family. During her time volunteering, Seahawks and Delta surprised her with recognition as a Delta Community Captain for being a servant leader in supporting our military, Veterans, and their loved ones.
Aaron Czyzewski with Food Lifeline has been recognized as a Delta Community Captain award for his work as part of a state-wide effort to support the more than 160,000 service members, reservists, veterans, and their families that live in and around Washington State's 6 active-duty military bases. Aaron is key voice in the establishment of the Washington Military Family Hunger Advocacy Campaign which aims to unite people and organizations across Washington to build support for key legislation like the Military Food Security Act of 2023 which provides expanded eligibility for expanded access to food assistance benefits. In December, with the help of Geno Smith, Seahawks and Delta employees volunteered for a food re-pack at the Seattle warehouse and donated $10K to Food LifeLine to support Aaron's efforts with Washington Military Family Hunger Advocacy Campaign.
Captains In Environment
Noah Oliver is an exceptional Yakama Nation Cultural Resources Program Geographer and Archaeologist, working on behalf of the Yakama Nation, in support of the tribal community as well as conducting resources surveys and traditional cultural property evaluations. Noah has been instrumental in numerous projects for the Yakama Nation, including championing the negotiation of the return of ancestral lands at Celilo Falls to the Yakama Nation. In teaming up with Forterra's Green City Partnerships, employees from Seahawks & Delta volunteered with Forterra at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac to pull invasive species and spread new mulch. Seahawks Legend Marcus Trufant volunteered as well and helped recognize and award Noah as a Delta Community Captain. Noah brings a unique perspective on land conservation, from mapping and archaeology, to the rehabilitation of land and cultural resource and Forterra is honored to have Noah's help in their work.