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Here's a look at what's out there for today – Tuesday, June 9 – about your Seattle Seahawks.
Seahawks Videos Take Home Two Northwest Regional Emmy Awards
The Northwest Regional Emmy Awards were handed out, virtually at least, over the weekend, and two Seahawks-produced videos were awarded, including one that is very relevant today as people around the country continue to protest against racism, police brutality and systemic racism.
"Out of the Fire," a short documentary produced by the Seahawks, tells the story of Community Passageways, a Seattle-based felony diversion program that works with school administrators, police departments, justice officials, correctional center staff, religious organizations and families to establish healthy, happy and safe communities.
Community Passageways was the recipient of a $15,000 social justice grant from the Seahawks, which in part helped support the hiring of Andrea Altheimer, whose story is told in the film.
"Out of the Fire" tells the story of Altheimer, who after being released early from a 40-year prison sentence later deemed by King County Prosecutors to be excessive, took on a role mentoring local at-risk teens and young women, including a 15-year-old girl named Chris'tionna whose story is featured in the film.
"Having something like this when I was that age would have made all the difference in my life," Altheimer said last year. "I grew up most of my life with a single mom of five, and she couldn't always be there for each and every one of us in the way that I needed. I found myself acting out. I was a teen mom at 16, moved out at 18, and I got in trouble with the juvenile system. Some of my trauma was in the home, so I didn't feel like I had an outlet or resource to deal with those issues. If I did have someone to talk to, had I had someone like in my position today, a Community Passageways ambassador, then it would have made all the difference.
"I want to be a resource to these kids, and especially the girls, because I felt growing up that I didn't have a voice. I didn't know how to articulate in words the things I was going through, so I acted out, but no one recognized that it was because of underlying issues. I don't want kids to go about their daily lives feeling like they're not important or that no one notices them or that no one cares. I want to be a resource."
"Out of the Fire" was directed and co-produced by Gavin Sullivan, with Madeline Down serving as executive producer and Bryan Tucker as co-director/editor.
Also taking home a Northwest Regional Emmy was "Seahawks Stories: The Original Voice of the Seahawks." The video, which tells the story of original Seahawks play-by-play man and Seahawks Ring of Honor member Pete Gross.
Gross served as the voice of the Seahawks from the inaugural 1976 season until 1992 when he died of cancer just days after being inducted into the Ring of Honor. To this day, Seahawks play-by-play man Steve Raible emulates the "Touchdown, Seahawks!" call his mentor made famous, rather than singling out the player doing the scoring.
"(Gross) always told me, the team scores," Raible once said. "… It's the entire offense, the defense that gave them that opportunity, the special teams that kept them in the game, the coaching staff. So I always like saying, 'Touchdown, Seahawks.' To me, that's what it's all about. It's a team winning and losing."
"The Original Voice of the Seattle Seahawks" was produced by Jackie Montgomery, directed by Brian Pan and edited by Jason Reid.
Social Post Of The Day
Today's social post comes from quarterback Russell Wilson, who remembers his late father Harrison, on the 10th anniversary of his death.
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