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Friday Round-Up: Russell Wilson Shares His 'My Cause, My Cleats' Initiative 

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today - Friday, November 30 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Wilson Shares His 'My Cause, My Cleats' Story

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson met with the media on his 30th birthday to share the story behind his 'My Cause, My Cleats' initiative, which gives NFL players an opportunity to make a statement about their off-the-field community-related passions for this weekend's games.

When Seattle kicks off against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, Wilson will be wearing a pair of Nike cleats calling out his Why Not You Foundation and its support of Friends of the Children, which pairs youth facing tough challenges with professional mentors who help the children achieve their goals.

"We found out Friends of the Children was a really cool foundation where they find mentors for these kids who are (from) low-income families, kids who say they’re not going to graduate high school, not have a chance to go to college and everything," Wilson said. "This mentorship program helps find a friend (or) a mentor that helps guide them through kindergarten, middle school, all the way through high school until they get to college. It’s been an amazing program and for Ciara and I and the Why Not You Foundation to meet some of these kids and actually personally see them go to college and spend time with them has been one of the coolest, most rewarding experiences to be a part of."

Wilson collaborated with local designer Sydney Noland to come up with the cleats' design, which you can check out in greater detail right here.

"I told her that I wanted to feel culturally diverse (with) the cleat," Wilson said. "You’ve got all different colors on here from blue to green to pink to yellow to black. You have so many different colors on here – brown – and it’s really just to highlight the uniqueness of the world (and) the uniqueness of children around the world and just in our city in Seattle, but also the Pacific Northwest and across the country and really, anywhere in the world.

"Ciara and I always talked about the Why Not You Foundation is really this thought process of the ‘why not you’ attitude to help influence people. Whether you’re trying to be a pro football player or if you want to be an entertainer, whether you’re trying to be a teacher, whether if you’re just trying to go to college, whether you have cancer – no matter what you go through – whether you have an eating disorder – no matter what, the fundamental question that we all have to ask ourselves and motivate ourselves on is ‘why not me? Why not you? Why not us?’ I think it’s been a blessing just to meet and encounter different people around the world and I think that ‘why not you?’ attitude has helped influence me, Ciara, and just hopefully a lot of other people as well.”

Social Post Of The Day

Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from actor Chris Pratt, who voices his support for sending Wilson to the 2019 Pro Bowl. Twitter Pro Bowl voting opened Thursday and you can also cast a Pro Bowl ballot online at NFL.com/ProBowl.

More From Around The Web

Seahawks.com's John Boyle shares how the Seahawks are looking forward to seeing former teammate Richard Sherman when the San Francisco 49ers visit CenturyLink Field this Sunday.

Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin and safety Bradley McDougald returned to practice on Thursday.

Seahawks receiver David Moore joined 710 ESPN Seattle's 'The Huddle' on Thursday.

Mike Vorel at the Seattle Times doles out NFC West awards for Week 13.

Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune touches base with Seahawks long snapper Tyler Ott, who explains the personal story behind his 'My Cause, My Cleats' footwear.

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