Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today – Thursday, March 10 – about your Seattle Seahawks.
Seahawks Owner Paul Allen Funds Washington State Donors Choose Project
Hundreds of Washington schools will be the recipients of surprise "flash funding" projects thanks to Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who is one of more than 50 athletes, actors, founders and philanthropists around the country participating in the Donors Choose project. Through Allen's donation, 308 schools and 61 projects will be funded, and collectively $14 million has been committed to fund nearly 12,000 projects nationwide.
This project, part of the Best School Day Ever program, supports teachers, funds innovative classroom projects and aims to inspire Washington students. This is just one example of Allen and Vulcan Inc.'s commitment to improving education.
As is outlined in this huffingtonpost.com article:
"In 2014, Vulcan partnered with DonorsChoose.org to launch the Teach for the Planet Challenge, supporting innovative environmental and sustainable classroom projects from entrepreneurial teachers across the country. In 2015, we partnered with Getting Smart to identify 25 investment opportunities that have the potential to make a large impact in American education, and launched the Allen Distinguished Educators Program, which challenged teachers to develop innovative programs around computer science, engineering and/or entrepreneurship. By funding educators in creative ways, Vulcan hopes more students will feel inspired and more teachers encouraged, creating a stronger educational environment for all."
GeekWire.com also has more on the project.
Anyone looking to help can donate at donorschoose.org.
Tweet of the Day
Today's Tweet of the Day comes from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, who points out that, with the free agent deals reported Wednesday, a total of six Seahawks draft picks from the 2012 class have earned big second contracts. And that total doesn't include Jermaine Kearse, an undrafted free agent from the 2012 class, who is an unrestricted free agent looking at a big payday this offseason.
More From Around the Web
Here at Seahawks.com, we have a story on Matt Hasselbeck and his career with Seattle, as well as a look at the social media reaction to his announcement.
News Tribune columnist Dave Boling offers his take on Hasselbeck's retirement.
Moving on to free agency, our story on cornerback Jeremy Lane re-signing with Seattle, a move that will help ensure continuity in the secondary.
Another free agent defensive starter, however, is leaving, with Brandon Mebane agreeing to a deal with San Diego. Mebane had been the longest tenured player on Seattle's roster, and one of just two holdovers, along with punter Jon Ryan, from the pre-Pete Carroll era.
The Seattle Times has a page on its website dedicated to Seahawks free agency, so plenty of good info here.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune recaps Seattle's first day of free agency.
Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald also has a look at Wednesday's happenings.
On March 2, 2001, the Seattle Seahawks acquired quarterback Matt Hasselbeck from the Green Bay Packers, beginning a 10-season span in Seattle, including the team's first Super Bowl appearance.