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Monday Round-Up: Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett & Cliff Avril Host Second-Annual Champions Of Change Celebrity Basketball Game

Seahawks Legends Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett & Cliff Avril hosted the second-annual Champions of Change Celebrity Basketball Game on Friday.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, June 26 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks Legends Host Second-Annual Champions of Change Celebrity Basketball Game

Last Summer, Seahawks Legends Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril hosted the inaugural Champions of Change Celebrity Basketball Game to raise funding for groups positively impacting the Pacific-Northwest. After raising more than $500,000 in Year 1, the second-annual celebrity game went down Friday, raising the bar on-and-off the court.

A week ago, Baldwin celebrated the long-awaited opening of his Family First Community Center in Renton. The trio has continued to put their post-football efforts into community work, creating a better reality for the next generation of children of color. Fans from the PNW and beyond came out to Climate Pledge Arena, as entertainers and athletes came out in droves to support the worthy cause. The former gridiron champions joined a loaded roster of NBA Legends, college stars and other celebrities to put on a nail-biter that came down to an overtime game-winning shot by NBA veteran and Seattle royalty Jamal Crawford.

While Bennett, Avril and Baldwin traded buckets throughout the game, fellow Seahawk Legend Richard Sherman served as a player/coach along with WNBA Legend Jewel Lloyd against rival coaches Sue Bird and Gary Payton. Representing for the ladies, Stanford University star Cameron Brink and Garfield High senior Katie Fiso traded scores in the first half to electrify the crowd. Despite the overarching theme for the game, it's still a competition - and Bennett doesn't plan on letting Baldwin know his team has lost two years in a row.

"The plan is that Doug needs to get better," said Bennett. "Every year, Doug comes out and loses. He needs to get a plan, our plan is currently working. The difference is that our hearts are bigger. He was born with a small heart, I was born with the heart of 10 giants. So that's why we won."

Super Bowl XLVIII Champion, Washington alum and Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse got in on the action as well, providing fans in attendance with an abundance of local talent to root for.

As the numbers get tallied on contributions towards the cause that will be distributed to non-profits and groups across the area doing the work to create better communities, Seattle's trio of Legends continue to create opportunities to shine a light on areas of need in our society while bringing joy to those in need.

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Seahawks legends team up with Seattle sports icons and celebrities for the second annual Champions of Change All-Star Basketball game at the Climate Pledge Arena on June 23, 2023.

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