Preliminary Schedule Announced for Seahawks Visit to Central Washington

Seahawks players WR Chris Matthews and DT Jimmy Staten will make their first visit east on the 12 Tour.

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RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks announced today WR Chris Matthews and DT Jimmy Staten will participate in the team's 12 Tour June 25-28 in Central Washington and be available for interviews at each event listed below.  Media are invited to follow this year's tour via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #12Tour.

Thursday, June 25

Noon
Seahawks 12 Tour motor coach with Seahawks players, members of the Sea Gals and Blue Thunder will make a stop at Performance Park located at 6 South 2nd Street in downtown Yakima. City of Yakima officials will raise a 12 flag on top of Larson Building.

7:15 p.m.       
Seahawks players to throw out first pitch at Dust Devils game.

Friday, June 26

Noon-3 p.m.
Seahawks 12 Fest (Registration is Closed)
Lampson Stadium, 505 S. Garfield Street, Kennewick

The family focused events will include performances by Sea Gals and Blue Thunder, numerous interactive games, photo opportunities, drawings for game tickets and Training Camp access, Seahawks retail pop-up store and the opportunity to interact with Seahawks players and team mascot Blitz.

Saturday, June 27

5-8 p.m.
Seahawks 12 Fest (Registration is Closed)
Don Morse Memorial Park, 135 E. Johnson, Chelan

The family focused events will include performances by Sea Gals and Blue Thunder, numerous interactive games, photo opportunities, drawings for game tickets and Training Camp access, Seahawks retail pop-up store and the opportunity to interact with Seahawks players and team mascot Blitz.

Sunday, June 28

Noon
Seahawks 12 Tour motor coach with Seahawks players, members of the Sea Gals and Blue Thunder will make a stop at Pybus Public Market located at 7 North Worthen St. in Wenatchee. City of Wenatchee and City of East Wenatchee officials will be on hand to help raise a 12 flag.

Seahawks WR Chris Matthews

Originally undrafted out of Kentucky in 2011, the wideout signed a reserve/future contract with Seattle following the team's Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos in February 2014.

Prior to joining the Seahawks, Matthews spent two years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, earning the Most Outstanding Rookie Award in 2012.

He was on the Seahawks practice squad this past season and signed to the active roster in December.

His first NFL catch came in Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots, when Matthews made four grabs for a game-high 109 yards and a touchdown - a performance that came one week after he recovered a pivotal onside kick in the team's conference title win over the Green Bay Packers.

After the 2015 NFL Draft, Pete Carroll said he expects the 6-foot-5, 218-pound Matthews to be the "big receiver" in Seattle's offense moving forward.

Seahawks DT Jimmy Staten

Defensive tackle Jimmy Staten was among nine Seahawks who ended 2014 on the practice squad to re-sign with the club for 2015.

After being projected as a seventh round pick or free agent, Staten was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round (172nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.  Staten was sitting in his college graduation ceremony at Murphy Center when he received the phone call from Seattle indicating that they were going to draft him.

The 6-foot-3, 311-pound Staten started 35 games in his final three seasons with Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. As a senior, Staten played 467 snaps, recorded 30 tackles and was voted team captain.  He also earned All-Conference USA honorable mention honors after the season.

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