For a 40th straight year, the Seattle Seahawks Captain's Blitz helped two local hospitals celebrate the holiday season.
During the Seahawks' off day last week, Seattle players and the Sea Gals visited patients at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital.
Eighteen players were involved in all - George Farmer, Mark Glowinski, Justin Hamilton, Tyler Lockett, Trovon Reed, Tye Smith, Kristjan Sokoli, Kasen Williams in the morning at the University of Washington, and Brandon Cottom, Clint Gresham, Steven Hauschka, Kelcie McCray, Terry Poole, Mohammed Seisay, Alex Singleton, Steven Terrell, Bobby Wagner, and Russell Wilson in the afternoon at Seattle Children's.
The two groups interacted with 12s of all ages, helping patients take their minds off of their unfortunate circumstances.
"Some of the battles these kids go through are really difficult for them and for their families," said Hauschka. "So they just need somebody to cheer them up sometimes, give them hope, give them compassion, and those are the things that this day is all about."
Seahawks players and the Sea Gals played games, posed for photos, and signed autographs for each hospital's patients and their families.
"It's just one of the best feelings in the world, bringing joy to a little kid," said Terrell. "Being here, we kind of take for granted how much they look up to us and we just play a kid's game, and they love that, so anything we can do to come back and have them just put a smile on their face is great."