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Doug Baldwin Wins Paul G. Allen Humanitarian Award
Since 1936, the Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards has honored the top pro athletes making strides in the community and between the lines. On February 28, the Seattle Sports Commission and Microsoft will honor Seahawks Legend Doug Baldwin with the Paul G. Allen Humanitarian Award for his post-football philanthropy.
In 2018, Baldwin hung up his cleats after eight seasons with Seattle. The Super Bowl XLVIII Champion wideout caught 493 passes for 49 touchdowns and 6,653 receiving yards, but the impact Baldwin continues to leave on the Pacific Northwest through his humanitarian acts has extended his legacy beyond his football days.
At the tail-end of his career, the Stanford alum partnered with King County and Renton School District to create the Family First Community Center. The state-of-the-art facility will provide resources for youth in a range of fields including arts, sports, music and health wellness. As the center nears completion and an expected summer opening, Baldwin earns the Seattle Sports honor named after late Seahawks owner Paul Allen.
Baldwin sat down with Fox 13 Sports Director Aaron Levine to discuss receiving the honor ahead of the February 28 ceremony, which will air exclusively on March 20 by FOX 13.
"Kind of shocked," said Baldwin. "But also, I think the moonlight of it, the honeymoon of it kind of faded very quickly. Obviously, I'm grateful to be recognized with this individual award, but the truth of the matter is that this is a culmination of a multitude of people who have guided me, who have mentored me. Partners who have collaborated with me, and the team that has continuously supported me and also held us accountable to our mission. While it is a tremendous honor, and I appreciate it greatly, there is still a lot of work to be done. I am honored to be representing Paul Allen's humanitarian award. The things that he did in our community and the things he's done in our world, and recognizing all the folks who have won this award before me. I think we would all say there still a lot of work to be done, so my mind goes right back to focusing on the work that has to be done."
Nearly a decade after receiving initial funding for the project, Baldwin discussed the feeling as the Family First Center finally prepares to open its doors this summer.
"It's been a long journey," said Baldwin. "But I think the passion and response that we got from the community and from folks who are going to be enjoying when these doors are open - it's all worth it. And I can't wait to get in there and spend the time with the kids as a mentor and a coach in that arena and that environment. Similar to how those coaches and mentors mentored me when I was a child."
The Gulf Breeze, Florida native arrived in Seattle in 2011 and continues to provide inspiration, passion and philanthropy to the pacific-northwest more than a decade later.
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