Friday Round-Up: Seahawks Wide Receiver Jermaine Kearse Nominated for NFL's Salute to Service Award

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Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, Nov. 6 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Jermaine Kearse Nominated

Seahawks wideout Jermaine Kearse is one of 32 individuals - one per NFL team - nominated for the League's Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

The award was created to acknowledge the efforts of the NFL community and its support for U.S. service members and veterans. Kearse, who grew up on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and whose father - Army Sergeant First Class David Kearse - was stationed at Fort Lewis, launched the 15 to 1: Jermaine Kearse Foundation this past summer to support and inspire youth in military families.

Below is Kearse's story as told by NFL.com. Fans can tweet their support for Kearse using the #SaluteToService hashtag through the month of November.

This past summer, Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse launched the 15 to 1: Jermaine Kearse Foundation, with a mission to support and inspire youth in military families to work hard, persevere and believe in themselves in order to overcome adversity and find success through positive choices, experiences and opportunity. Kearse grew up on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), about 30 minutes south of Seattle. His dad, Army Sergeant First Class David Kearse, had long been stationed at Fort Lewis. "About a year ago, I started thinking about causes I wanted to show my support to, and I kind of just went to the root of everything," said Kearse. "My dad was in the military. I lived on a military base, and I grew up in a military family. I feel like that was a place where my heart was telling me I should dedicate my time and show a lot of my support to." Kearse hopes to help children in the JBLM military community, as well as children from other military bases around the Puget Sound region, find success in their life paths. 15 to 1: Jermaine Kearse Foundation is focused on raising funds to provide experiences aimed at widening the perspective and opportunities for the youth of military families in four key areas. 1. Outreach to Middle Schools and High Schools in Washington – a school assembly series expected to reach over 15,000 kids in the first year. 2. Educational Programs and Travel – funding programs and trips for military kids to participate or travel with their school and/or peer groups that provides educational relevance in the United States and abroad. 3. Outdoor and Sports activities – funding camps and outings getting military kids physically active and exploring the outdoors. 4. Internships and Job Shadowing – facilitating internships and job shadowing for military kids to explore opportunities outside of the military community. "15 to 1 represents my journey, from a military base to the National Football League," said Kearse. "It represents beating the odds and taking the road that was not necessarily the one that was right in front of me. I grew up on a military base and I know that growing up on base can feel small, and at times isolating. Although military families can be stationed all over the world, our universe was pretty small and tight. I want to give back to the community that helped me build my future." In 2007, before Jermaine's senior year of high school, his father died suddenly at age 46 of complications due to heart disease. "He would be very proud of me to be able to go out there and perform the way I try to," said Kearse. "I just try to go out there and make him proud, and I feel like I have done a good job."

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we invite 12s to share stories about Seahawks fans in the military.

More From Around The Web

Team photographer Rod Mar's eyewitness account of a successfull business trip to Dallas where the Seahawks defeated the Cowboys 13-12 to even their record to 4-4 before the bye.

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette was released from the hospital yesterday, three days after undergoing surgery to stabilize ligament damage in his neck following a hit he took in this past Sunday's win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin says Lockette is able to walk, move his head around, and is in "good spirits" after his operation.

Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com says Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would like to see more of rookie defensive end Frank Clark in the second half of the season.

Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com shares his midseason QB Index, ranking Seattle's Russell Wilson at No. 8.

And a couple analysts at NFL.com are predicting the Seahawks to make a Super Bowl appearance for the third consecutive season.

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