Suzanne Newman joins Yolanda Morgan, President of the Sea Hawkers, the official booster club of the Seattle Seahawks, to talk about this year’s events for the Twelve Days of Goodness. Answers for Elders gears up each December to touch the hearts of seniors with Seahawks Legends in Puget Sound.
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We are touching the hearts of our seniors for the twelve days of goodness on the answers for elders podcast network. Get to know what we’re up to this season of two thousand and twenty one and welcome back everyone to answers for elders radio on this twelve days of goodness special addition of our show, and again we kicked off yesterday at the North Shore Senior Center. This week we are headed to many locations and if if you are a senior and listening to the show and live in, you know, the greater puget sound area and want to attend one of our events to connect with a senior and you’re vaccinated and willing to wear a mask, we would love to have you join us at an event. Again, you can go to twelve days of Goodnesscom you can mention events and go click on events and you will find our schedule right there. So in the meantime, I just so you guys know we will be in fife on Monday. That’s our next event. So that’s a very exciting program that we’re going to be doing and Hilary Butler and Alonzo Mits will be at that location. So that’s very exciting and so I am here today with you, lawn de Morgan, who is the president of the Central Council of the forty four were chapter strong official Booster Club of the seahawks, the seahawkers, and Yolanda, I’m so glad you’re here to share this hour with us and talk about kind of how our seniors have made an impact. And of course we talked about the earlier days in our previous segment. But I want to move forward now a little bit more to two thousand and seventeen. It was October of two thousand and seventeen there was a special election and and it was a special acknowledgement of his twenty year anniversary. From one thousand nine hundred and ninety seven. It was a special election. There we go, I got that right, and that means that a great group of people voted for a stadium and our seahawks were saved, and that’s quite a powerful story. I remember norm can wheelely did it a whole film on it, talking about the story of how the team got saved and a lot of it had to do with two leaders that took the bull by the horns. They found a new owner and Paul Allen, and all of a sudden this new stadium was built and it was a close election, but I am very confident that our seniors who are here today are part of that effort. They voted it in. So you Landa what can you tell us about that time? Well, it was actually, I now I’m about his eighty even one thousand nine hundred and eighty seven. Was One eighty seven. Okay, there we have them. And of course it was during a time when, I mean at the time when this was all happening. You know, bearing was, of course, during the previously it was secretly taking our team to California and trying to, of course, take them away and start the team up down there overnight. You know, trucks had come in and basically packed the team up and they had moved the team down to the California area. And at that time Mark Collins was actually huge proponent, of course, against this whole move and had rallied and made a campaign SOS save our seahawks in regards to this and had actually had posted these signs all along the roadway from where the training where the training facility was for the team so they could all see, they were in Kirkland back then, right. Well, now they were, but when they true. And then what he did was he also to get Paul Allen’s attention. He actually put the signs like from outside his house, I believe, and then out, yeah, and then all the way out to our training facility at the time, which was Kirkland, so that he could see that. You know, he basically kind of plant the seed and trying to get him to get involved and however, way he got involved he did and then of course got behind the team and of course at the end, as we know, he ultimately saved the team. But mark and he was, I know, accompanied by Kurt Warner also at one of the town meetings. There’s footage, of course, in the documentary that North Koheili put together. It’s about forty five minutes long and it’s absolutely I mean you’ve got to watch it. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve got to watch an I don’t know it’s on Youtube, but to see how that all unfolded and how our team actually got to stay, you know, in Seattle, were belong and the work they into it to keep the team here was wonderful and of course, having Paul Allen now at the helm was why I think our team, the makeup of our team, is the way it is now. He, of course, as we know, he’s a huge philanthropist. He instilled that throughout the organization. Everything was about community, everything was whatever the seahawks touched it had to it had to put back into our community, and not in our community but also worldwide. That was just type of man he was and so when he when he passed away a couple years ago, is a huge loss. Yeah, I remember reading something about Paul Allen and he didn’t buy the team just to win games. He bought the team to create a winning culture in the city and to him it was about winning as a overall community and part of that was the reason why he put up hath the money for the stadium was because he wanted the you know, he wanted the fans to co engage. He wanted engagement, he wanted people to care enough to put something together to make it work and I think one of the things that he did so very well, and I think that’s that’s really why we are who we are, is that he brought in an incredible amount of not think he’s small. You know, I want to say globalism. He he talked about. You know, I remember there was so many things that, you know, I mean the fact that we have international chapters to meet with seahawkers. A lot of that is due to the culture that Paul Allen helped create, because he was such a global figure and he did so much and and he brought in that kind of culture within the seahawks and I think that is really something that, you know, I think jody is keeping forward, which I love, and I’m glad that we are still, you know, our team is still owned by his foundation and at jody at the helm, because I think that is really been something that has been part of that. And of course, two individuals that led that effort that we have to recognize. One is Mr Mark Collins, who was all over the media and he hated being on the media. I had begged mark to come on the show and he won’t come on the show. He always since norm or somebody else doing zoom meetings right, you know, and it doesn’t like it. Yeah, but the other person, of course, was our Mama Blue and her mama blue was absolutely one of the pivotal people that helped keep this team here and you know, in every single case other than us, we are the only team that rallied to fight an owner from taking a team away to another city and we were the only ones that succeeded ever in history. And when you look at that, that is pretty phenomenal and we really owe that to, you know, the fans that came earlier and those, you know, one thousand nine hundred and eighty seven. You know, when you do the math, you know those seniors that are right now in our living amongst us are the ones that voted in our stadium. They voted in the fact that we have this team to begin with. So as we look back and say, how do we say thank you, this is something that I think, you know, the more and more I think about what what happened in those days, because back in those days we rarely won games. You know, we were not a top team, but we were there just to be there. We were there just to cheer on the team. Whether they want you know, one are lost, and I think this is part of you know, when they’re when the team is struggling this season, you know, I really witness kind of a titled, entitled, Spoiled Attitude Amongst a lot of the fans that are saying, you know, fire everybody because you know they’re going through a rough patch, and I’m going like, you know, here’s the thing. It’s like you guys didn’t even know what kind of culture we had. You have no idea. You know, in our first few seasons they never ever, you know, they would. It would be rare. They’d maybe win four games out of a season, right, but we were thrilled to have a team, we were thrilled to have a culture and, you know, a place on the map. There’s so much we have to be grateful for and that’s something I think that we can all think about this season, that we’ve had challenges and yes, we’re coming back and we all you know, but we’ve had some roadblocks and right now, you know, with Jamal out for the season, is going to be a challenge and so, obviously, understanding that there’s ebbs and flows with every single team out there, this is not our year. But guess what it you know our years will come back, and that’s the thing, I think that’s so powerful about what we’ve experienced this see reason because it reminds us really what truly to be grateful flair. It’s not just about a scoreboard and as like Pete Carroll talks about it’s just football, you know, he’s like. It’s like there’s so much more to this than a football game. And I think this is where the seahawkers come in, because you guys really are so much more about foot you know, than just football. Yeah, we are, we are, and I got admitted to it and I’ve got it. I’ve got to add to that. You know, it’s true that, you know, many of these fans who are so quick to like throw our team, our head coach, our quarterback under the bus. You know, they need to understand that. WHOA, Whoa, Whoa, whoa. You know, it’s like Hey, yeah, we’ve had our winning years, but you’re also going to have to take the losing time as well, and I see this as like more of a rebuilding time. You know, it’s like we’re trying to pace out. So, you know, it’s like come on, now, we do have, I mean teams, and this goes with anything and everything. You’re always going to have ups and you’re always going to have damn are every year you have. Do you have to take one or the other? Now, if you’re only looking for a winning team, then it’s like that’s totally unrealistic. Regards is a press. Seriously, get in here going when and you can yet be angry and you can throw a fit. You know that things far way, but fifty percent of the time you could win. Fifty percent, I was time, you could close. You know, that’s just how the game is. So and that fact that we have the opportunity to have a team at all we should be grateful and we should be grateful for all the things that our team does for this community and because of that, I want to go into our next segment and talk a little bit about twelve days of goodness, specifically why we do the program and why we’re so grateful for the seahawkers. So in the meantime, if you’re interested in being a part of the seahawkers, please everyone go to www dot see hawkers dot org and just become a member. It’s super easy. And what is it like? Twenty Bucks, Twenty Five Bucks? What is it Ylanda teen as an individual and a family of for living under the same household? It’s twenty five. Will there you go. Fifteen dollars for one or twenty five for whole family family. So anyway, we are very excited to have you with us and they landa will be right back right after this. This podcast was brought to you by our sponsors, Humana and care partners. We are so grateful for your sponsorship, as well as all the senior providers that came forward to make our events happen over the twelve days of goodness to each and every one of you. Have a happy holiday season. In Two thousand and twenty
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Originally published December 11, 2021