RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks and Windermere Real Estate announced today an exclusive partnership that will make Windermere the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks.
At the center of this partnership is a new campaign entitled #tacklehomelessness in which Windermere will donate $100 for every Seahawks tackle at home during the 2016 season. On the receiving end of these donations is YouthCare, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that has been providing services and support to homeless youth from across Puget Sound for more than 40 years.
"Windermere is a company full of 12s, so I know I speak on behalf of the entire team when I say how excited we are to be the official real estate company of the Seattle Seahawks," said Geoff Wood, CEO of Windermere Real Estate. "But more importantly, I'm thrilled that we'll be able to leverage this new partnership in a way that will help address the persistent homeless crisis we're seeing in the Puget Sound area. Personally, I love knowing that every time one of our Seahawks takes down someone from the opposing team, that's another $100 for YouthCare." Wood said the donations will be made via the Windermere Foundation which to date has raised more than $30 million for low-income and homeless families.
Melinda Giovengo, CEO of YouthCare, said that her team is honored to be partnering with Windermere Real Estate and the Seattle Seahawks on the Tackle Homelessness campaign. "Not only will this campaign raise essential resources to help homeless youth, it also brings awareness to the very issue of homeless youth struggling in our own neighborhoods. Youth homelessness is both unacceptable, and also a challenge we can solve in this lifetime. The solution takes efforts and resources from across the community - just like this partnership - to help youth move forward from the streets, discover their potential and lead healthy and thriving lives. The values of compassion, teamwork and determination unite Windermere, the Seahawks and YouthCare together."
"We are proud to partner with Windermere, an iconic and locally-based company with a deep commitment to this community," said Seahawks Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Amy Sprangers. "Windermere's brand and values align perfectly with our commitment to this region. It is wonderful that this partnership will make a positive impact on homeless youth throughout the Seattle area."
In addition to the #tacklehomelessness campaign, Windermere will have in-stadium branding, as well as media and fan focused promotions throughout the season.
About Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1976 as an expansion team. The Seahawks have won nine division titles and three conference championships. They are the only team to have played in both the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) championship games. They have appeared in three Super Bowls, (Super Bowl XL, Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl XLIX). The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII to win their first title. The team plays at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle and is owned by local businessman, investor, and philanthropist Paul Allen.
About Windermere Real Estate
Windermere Real Estate is ranked the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S. with over 300 offices and 6,000 agents serving communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Mexico. Last year, Windermere closed over 86,000 home sales for more than $31.7 billion in dollar volume. The Windermere family has a proud heritage of serving our neighbors via the Windermere Foundation which funds services for low-income and homeless families. Since 1989, the Windermere Foundation has contributed more than 30 million dollars towards improving lives in the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit www.windermere.com.
For more than 40 years, YouthCare has been providing essential services to Seattle's homeless youth. A local service provider, regional leader, and national voice of influence for homeless youth and young adults, YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, employment training, and prevention services. To learn more about YouthCare's work in the community, please visit www.youthcare.org.