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Wednesday Round-Up: Seahawks Legends Garry Gilliam and Jordan Hill Team Up To Bring Eco-Village To Their Hometown of Harrisburg, PA

The former Seahawks are working to transform an old high school property into an "eco-village" home to housing, retail, urban agriculture, education, and entertainment. 

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Good afternoon, 12s! Here's a look at what's out there today – Wednesday, March 3 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

Teammates Once Again

"Gravity is bringing us back together always." – Jordan Hill

Former Seahawks OT Garry Gilliam and former Seahawks DT Jordan Hill have been a part of each other's journeys for most of their lives. They've been friends since they were 14 years old, played together in college at Penn State, and reunited in Seattle where they played together in 2014 and 2015. Now, they're teaming up once again to create change in their hometown of Harrisburg, PA.

Since retiring from the NFL, Gilliam has founded The Bridge, a 'for-purpose' real estate development company working to acquire old properties like schools, malls, and warehouses, then transforms them into sustainable and self-contained mixed use "eco villages" in the inner city.

When he heard of Gilliam's vision, Hill was there to support him just like old times, joining the team as The Bridge's Chief Community Officer. Giving back together, the two former Seahawks recently shared their story as they work to turn the old Bishop McDevitt High School of Harrisburg into an eco-village – a  space to work, eat, learn, live and play.

"I've been doubted my whole life," Gilliam said. He wasn't expected to get a full scholarship at Penn State and after battling injury for half of his college career, he wasn't expected to make a team in the NFL. Coming from Harrisburg, Gilliam shared how his upbringing shaped him and moved him to bring positive change to his city.

"I was pulled out of the environment of Harrisburg that didn't have resources, so that in of itself I was like alright, I got to take this opportunity and run with it," Gilliam said.

He began crafting business plans while in college, determined to be an athlete whose impact would extend well beyond the field. Hill was right there with Gilliam sharing those aspirations.

"At one point in college I was telling them, I want to build a road to success for every and anybody," Hill said.

And now the two friends are doing just that. In November of 2020, they broke ground at the site of the old Bishop McDevitt High School and expect the entire project to be complete by the summer of 2022. The new development will be The Bridge headquarters and the first eco-village site in 10 cities around the country.

"We wonder why we are not attracting bigger corporations to our city to provide job opportunities and higher wages. We got to make it attractive, let's break it down, let's start working together," Gilliam said. "We don't need to attract other corporations; those brilliant individuals are probably right here in our community."

Up Close With Seahawks Leadership

In celebration of National Women's History Month, Women in Sports and Entertainment (WISE) Seattle will be hosting their upcoming Power Play event featuring several inspiring leaders from our organization. Join us on Tuesday, Mar. 9 from 6:30 to 8pm for an exciting conversation with a diverse group of senior executives including Karen Spencer (Chief Financial Officer), Cindy Kelley (Senior VP of Human Resources and Administration), Amy Sprangers (Senior VP of Revenue), and Karen Wilkins-Mickey (VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). The panel discussion will cover their work at the Seahawks, their career journeys and unique paths to leadership.

For more information and to register today, please click here. All are welcome!

Social Post Of The Day

Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from our @Seahawks Twitter account as we look back on some DK Metcalf heroics in honor of #WinningWednesday. 4th Down, game on the line, "absolutely no doubt about it."

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