Despite the uncertainty surrounding his on-the-field future, Ricardo Lockette is doing everything he can to continue his off-the-field efforts and contributions to the local community.
Lockette, an unrestricted free agent who suffered a severe neck injury with the Seahawks last season, volunteered his time at Seattle's Union Gospel Mission this past Thursday night, when he and his girlfriend joined other volunteers in handing out clothes and care packages to the homeless.
"That was one of my most vulnerable, helpless moments," Lockette, wearing a neck brace, recalled via Q13 FOX of his November injury that saw him leave Dallas' AT&T Stadium on a stretcher. "I'm here because of the wonderful people that helped me, that took their job serious. I just want to do everything I can to give back."
Seattle UGM's "Search & Rescue" work delivers supplies to King County's darkest places, where volunteers offer Mission shelter, a warm blanket, food, hot drink, or any other supplies on hand to individuals in need.
"We're just doing what we can to give back, to help," Lockette said. "Because you never know when you'll be in a situation where you'll need help from someone else."
As the 29-year-old continues to recover from surgery, he's challenging 12s to join him in helping Seattle's homeless population.
A donation of $14.92 to Seattle UGM provides one survival kit and care for displaced men and women. Fans can visit UGM.org/lockette to accept Lockette's challenge and donate now, or check out UGM.org/volunteer to learn about more volunteer opportunities with the Seattle-based care and recovery service.
Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette joined volunteers at Seattle's Union Gospel Mission last week in handing out clothes to the homeless.