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Monday Round-Up: Seahawks' Bobby Wagner Provides Year To Remember For Seattle Public School's WHOLE Mentoring Program

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner built rapport with students of the WHOLE Mentoring Program through his return season to Seattle.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, January 22— about your Seattle Seahawks.

Looking back on the efforts of Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner to give back to the next generation, working together with WHOLE Mentoring of Seattle Public Schools.

The 2023 Seahawks finished the season at 9-8, falling short of a playoff berth, but one of the many wins on the year was the return of 12-year veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner via free agency, following a season with the Los Angeles Rams. In the midst of recording 100-plus tackles for 12-straight seasons and earning All-Pro honors for the tenth time on the field, Wagner made providing opportunity and resources to the youth of Seattle Public School's WHOLE Mentoring program a priority.

In March, the Pacific Northwest got the news that Wagner, Seattle's second-round selection in the 2012 draft, would be returning to the place that gave him his start. The Los Angeles native recorded 140 tackles, 6.0 sacks and two interceptions in 2022 for his hometown team. Off-the-field, Wagner established himself as a community leader and philanthropist, just as he'd done for so many years in the Pacific Northwest.

The Utah State alum's passion for helping others paved the way to new opportunities to give back to the city that raised him, as well as keeping the legacy of his late mother, Phenia alive. In 2022, Wagner established the Phenia Mae Fund, partnering with the Rams' official health partner, Cedars-Sinai to assist stroke patients and promote education. Last January, Wagner partnered with the franchise to provide four new tires to Rams’ community team member Noel Grigsby for his efforts to create change across the Los Angeles area. That month, Wagner also made a sizable donation to the *Time for Change Foundation**, *which works to provide resources to help women "recreate their life" following incarceration.

Less than a month after rejoining the Seahawks, Wagner flew to Washington D.C. to take part in the Seahawks’ first-ever collaborative tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Microsoft and WHOLE Mentoring. Sixteen young Black men representing multiple Seattle-area high schools flew cross country to learn more about educational opportunities at Black colleges, making stops at Norfolk State University, Hampton University, Virginia Union University and Virginia State University before Wagner joined the group as a surprise for a tour of Howard University and the University of District of Columbia in the nation's capital. The event wasn't just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a Seahawks Legend and future Hall of Fame linebacker, but the beginning of a relationship between Wagner and the youth of WHOLE Mentoring.

In July, Wagner corralled the group for his "Tackle Everything Tech Tour," exposing the group to opportunities outside of sports and entertainment, visiting tech conglomerates like Boeing to expand their ideas of what the future can hold.

In December, Wagner took a group of WHOLE mentees to Microsoft's Redmond campus for an afternoon of immersive activity and networking with staff while engaging in panel discussions and a facilities tour. The event culminated a year of progress for the young men grades 9-12 involved in the program, while introducing young women to the program for the first time. Microsoft presented the group with a donation of 47 Surface laptops as a token of appreciation for their commitment to the program, and a gift to help jumpstart their future.

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