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Tuesday Round-Up: Greg Olsen Opens Pediatric Heart Center In Charlotte

Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen and his wife Kara unveiled a new pediatric heart center located in Charlotte, where Olsen played for nine seasons.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Tuesday, Dec. 8 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

Greg Olsen Unveils Charlotte Pediatric Heart Center

Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen is currently on injured reserve due to a foot injury, but he continues to do amazing things off the field. On Monday, Olsen and his wife Kara unveiled the HEARTest Yard Congenital Heart Center at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C. in conjunction with Atrium Health, a facility the Olsens helped fund and build.

The inspiration for opening the facility was his son T.J., who was born with a congenital heart disease. The Olsens started The HEARTest Yard program in 2013 to raise money and provide in-home services for families returning home with newborn children after heart surgery.

"As parents, we quickly realized how complex it would be to help our son as he went through his multiple heart surgeries, but the real challenge came after we left the hospital," Olsen told Atrium Health. "We noticed that T.J., and others who have gone through what he had, needed additional support and care from a team of experts who were closely connected to one another and could seamlessly share feedback at one time with the family."

The Olsens have donated frequently over the years, but their $2.5 million contribution last year allowed the hospital to begin work on the facility that opened on Monday.

Monday's event was a virtual ribbon-cutting, which you can rewatch on Levine Children’s Hospital’s Facebook page.

Nate Burleson Believes NFC West Will Be Decided In Week 16

After the Seahawks' loss and Rams' win on Sunday, the two teams are once again tied atop the NFC West. Both at 8-4, the Rams currently have the tiebreaker due to their win over the Seahawks in Week 10. Seattle and Los Angeles are set to play at Lumen Field in Week 16.

On Monday's edition of "Good Morning Football," analyst (and Seahawk Legend) Nate Burleson said he wasn't ready to pick a winner for the division at this time. Burleson instead said he believes the Week 16 matchup is going to be the deciding factor.

"This will come down to Week 16," Burleson said. "This is going to come down to Seattle facing the Rams late in the season. We said it in the beginning of the year – I remember us talking about how good this division was going to be. The division winner will be decided in Week 16 when these two teams face each other."

Social Post Of The Day

The Seattle Sounders were down 2-1 as time wound down in their Western Conference Finals match, but two goals in the final minutes catapulted them back into the MLS Cup for the second straight year. Russell Wilson and Ciara celebrated accordingly on social media:

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