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Tuesday Round-Up: Seahawks And Microsoft Partner To Support Digital Equity, Virtual Learning

The Seahawks and Microsoft came together for an important cause to help those in need amid the ongoing pandemic.

Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Tuesday, Oct. 27 – for your Seattle Seahawks.


Seahawks, Microsoft Join Forces To Help With Virtual Learning

The Seahawks and Microsoft teamed up to help improve technology at the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. Microsoft generously donated 300 Surface Go 2 and Pens, which the Seahawks delivered to the club earlier in October. Blitz and two Seahawks Dancers made the delivery to encourage the kids to continue to engage in virtual learning as the pandemic continues to impact in-person activities at schools.

The reason for the donation was to support digital equity. Back in September, the Seahawks, Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, a group of philanthropic organizations, state agencies and representatives of Indigenous community launched the Digital Equity Initiative. This initiative, part of the larger All In Washington relief effort, was formed to "provide critical resources to close the digital divide and support remote learning for students across the state as schools return to session." Other work the Seahawks have done with All In WA includes supporting the Black Future Co-Op Fund and the WA Food Fund.

In addition to the donation of the Surfaces, the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation donated new internet hotspots. Together with Microsoft, the Seahawks are ensuring that these students will have the proper access to technology. Virtual classrooms have become vital during the pandemic, and this initiative is crucial to help students in need. The Boys & Girls Club of King County has provided child care to essential workers and supported virtual learning during the pandemic with their all-day programming at all clubs in the county.

"The technology before we received this amazing donation from Microsoft was hit or miss," said Brandee Paisano, Area Director of the Boys & Girls Club of King County. "If we're in a facility that doesn't have a computer lab, we have to improvise and sometimes that's not always the best situation with our own work laptops. Having all of these Surface Go 2s with will really, really alleviate some of the frustrations and stress of not only our staff, but our kids.

"The support of the Seahawks is huge, especially for our kids and the demographics that we serve. It's people that are from the community and reflect them. It gives them the idea that these amazing athletes care and that they see them and want them to succeed, and that one day they can potentially be in this position to be able to give back to the community."

Ex-NFL CB Breaks Down Russell Wilson's Elite Deep Ball

This season, it seems like every time Russell Wilson unloads a deep ball, it ends up in the hands of a Seahawks receiver. Six of his 22 touchdown passes have been more than 25 yards, including three of at least 40 yards. Sunday was no different, as Russ launched a 47-yard touchdown pass right into Tyler Lockett's arms.

Former NFL punter and current radio host Pat McAfee – like all of us – was amazed seeing the arc on Wilson's deep passes.

Former NFL cornerback Darius Butler joined the Pat McAfee Show on Monday to try to answer some questions about what makes this particular pass so special. McAfee was curious if Russ' deep ball was different than that of other quarterbacks, and if so, what makes it so different and hard to defend.

"It's very different," Butler explained. "(Butler's former teammate) Reggie Wayne taught me this later in my career, but most DBs look back for the ball. So when we look back, depending on the trajectory, obviously you have to find the ball and make a play on it. Receivers typically look up for the ball. So, with him kind of dropping it in and down the way he does, it's much harder on the DB to make that play than it is for his wideouts who are used to tracking the ball every day in practice. It's a different ball that you see. Nick Foles kind of throws a similar deep ball, but Russell's accuracy (is different)."

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Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen and Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera have a long history. Together with the Carolina Panthers from 2011 through 2019 when Rivera was Olsen's coach, the two have long had a close relationship. As Rivera finished his final day of cancer treatment, Olsen shared his support for his former coach.

More From Around The Web reporter John Boyle with 14 numbers of note that told the story on Sunday.

Brandon Gustafson of 710 ESPN Seattle recapped Monday’s edition of the Pete Carroll Show.

The Seahawks delivered 300 Surface Go 2 and Pens donated by Microsoft, plus new internet hotspots thanks to the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation, to the Boys & Girls Club of King County.

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