Strive to be a mentor. Castro says parents and coaches have a great opportunity to use sports as a teaching tool for life. “The learning aspect of the game needs to be the focal point of youth sports,” Castro says. “Sports should be an extension of family values and behaviors. Good parents and coaches tie in the ups and downs of competition with the challenges in navigating adult life.”
Model positive behaviors. Part of the negative image of youth sports is related to parents yelling at coaches, referees, opponents, or even their own kids. “There are enough critics in the stands hurling profanities and insults during a game,” Castro says. “Parents should set the right example for their kid – and for adults who obviously haven’t grown up.”
Enjoy the moment. Too many parents and their young athletes are fretting the future. “Too often it’s all about winning and getting the scholarship,” Castro says, “but my parents told me there was a time when kids actually enjoyed playing for the sake of playing, and parents won just by getting to watch them play. We need to get back to that. Without it, memories are wasted.”
Be encouraging. “Celebrate the effort, not just the result,” Castro says. “This goes for youth coaches as well as parents. When kids do some good things, don’t let the mistakes cloud your post-game comments. Be honest in discussing room for improvement, but not at the expense of making them feel like they have to play perfect to get praise.”
Make education first. Castro and many observers of youth sports say parents have lost perspective by thinking their kid is on the fast track to a scholarship or a pro career. Statistics show few advance that far. “In the meantime, kids are exhausted from travel leagues and tournaments,” she says, “and the way their future through sports is emphasized, education becomes a distant second.”
A Washington state lawmaker is proposing legislation that would allow the state’s college athletes to get paid. Republican state Rep. Drew Stokesbary has pre-filed a bill that essentially would allow collegiate athletes to earn an income or be financially compensation. But the money would come from endorsements and not a salary.
Stokesbary says billions of dollars are poured into college athletics, but athletes don’t see any of it. His bill would even allow athletes to hire agents.
“In theory, if you were top of your class, say a computer science graduate, and you had a lot of tech companies calling you, nobody would have a problem if you hired somebody to represent you as you negotiated job offers with Microsoft and Google,” Stokesbary said.
He said his proposal doesn’t require schools to pay athletes directly, so it won’t threaten non-revenue generating sports. The bill is in its early stages, but Stokesbary hopes it will make it to committee soon.
He said it’s time for the NCAA to change with the times.
“It’s certainly not consistent with Washington state’s values to have a system where the NCAA gets to act like a cartel and collect billions of dollars in revenue and yet prohibit the people responsible for creating that revenue from having any part of it,” Stokesbary said. He also argues that allowing athletes to earn an income might keep them in school longer and lead to less corruption.
The 2019 Washington state legislative session begins Jan. 14.
After the heart-pounding lost to the Cowboys and bringing Our season to an end last weekend, the Seahawks shift there focus to the future. The Seahawks signed nine players to future contracts, all of whom finished the year on Seattle’s practice squad.
Hawks signed cornerback Jeremy Boykins, linebacker Justin Currie, safety Marwin Evans, center Marcus Henry, receiver Keenan Reynolds, guard Jordan Roos, receiver Caleb Scott, tight end Tyrone Swoopes and defensive back Simeon Thomas.
Keenan Reynolds and Tyrone Swoopes appeared in regular season games for the Seahawks. You probably remember Tyrone Swoopes appearing in Oakland made a 23 yards catch and set up the Seahawks touchdown. Marwin Evans, who played for Green Bay in 2016 and 2017 will be also staying on the squad
The only member of the practice squad not signed was quarterback Alex McGough, a 2018 7th-round pick who spent his rookie season on the practice squad. Alex has been watching Russell take the field but seems to be ready if and when needed.
As the Seattle Seahawks begin their playoff run, Gov. Jay Inslee will raise the 12 flag at the Capitol Campus tomorrow. The governor will be joined by representatives from the Seahawks, Sea Gals and fans.
The general public and 12s are welcome to join the celebration.
The Seattle Seahawks have signed Executive Vice President of Football Operations & Head Coach Pete Carroll to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced this afternoon.
“I am excited to announce that we have extended Head Coach Pete Carroll through the 2021 season,” said Jody Allen, Seahawks Chair and Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust. “This will continue the championship culture that we have created in Seattle.”
Carroll, hired as Seattle’s eighth head coach on January 11, 2010, has led the Seahawks to seven playoff appearances with a combined 97-59-1 record, back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013-14, 10-plus wins in five-consecutive seasons (2012-16), and four NFC West Division titles. Prior to his arrival, Seattle posted 10-plus wins only five times in the previous 34 years.
“So grateful to Jody and the organization,” said Carroll. “I love this team and couldn’t be more proud to represent the 12s.”
Seattle has advanced to the divisional round in six of the last eight postseasons, winning two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl, while claiming the No. 1 seed in the NFC twice.
In partnership with Executive Vice President & General Manager John Schneider, the two have acquired and seen 18 different players selected to the Pro Bowl since 2011. Their roster has also included 12 first-team All-Pro selections since 2012.
The franchise’s all-time winningest coach, Carroll ranks 28th in NFL history with 131 combined wins (regular season and postseason).
Five of the 10 players who opened the practice week on the sideline were back on the field Thursday at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, with receiver Doug Baldwin (hip), defensive end Frank Clark (elbow), cornerback Shaquill Griffin (hip), defensive end Dion Jordan (knee), and tackle Duane Brown (not injury related) all taking part in practice ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at CenturyLink Field. Baldwin, Griffin, Jordan, and Brown were all upgraded to full participation on Thursday, while Clark worked in limited fashion.
K.J. Wright (knee), meanwhile, was a limited participant for the second straight day, which could bode well for his status this weekend after missing Seattle’s past five games to injury. Both Wright and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll have expressed hope that the linebacker will be ready for this week’s game. Safety Maurice Alexander (concussion) and running back Chris Carson (not injury related) were full participants Thursday after going limited on Wednesday.
More on Seattle’s injury situation heading into Week 16 will become available following Friday’s practice when Carroll meets with the media. Until then, here’s a look at Thursday’s report for both teams:
Did Not Participate
G D.J. Fluker (hamstring)
RB Rashaad Penny (knee)
S Bradley McDougald (knee)
S Tedric Thompson (chest/ankle)
DT Jarran Reed (oblique/groin)
DT Shamar Stephen (foot)
LB K.J. Wright (knee)
DE Frank Clark (elbow)
S Maurice Alexander (concussion)
RB Chris Carson (not injury related)
WR Doug Baldwin (hip)
CB Shaquill Griffin (hip)
DE Dion Jordan (knee)
T Duane Brown (NIR)
Kansas City Chiefs
Did Not Participate
CB Kendall Fuller (thumb)
WR Sammy Watkins (foot)
RB Spencer Ware (hamstring)
T Mitchell Schwartz (knee)
S Eric Berry (heel)
G Cam Erving (knee)
WR Tyreek Hill (heel)
DT Derrick Nnadi (tailbone)
The Seahawks announced today K.J. Wright as its nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide.Considered one of the league’s most prestigious honors, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. Each of the league’s 32 nominees were announced today.
Wright, a Pro Bowler in 2017 and member of the Super Bowl XLVIII championship team, has made a positive impact both on and off the field, expressing his desires to support others and give back.
“It has always been my pleasure to serve my community,” said Wright. “I’m striving to make this world a better place.”
As a nominee, Wright will wear a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year helmet decal through the end of the season in recognition of his accomplishments on and off the field.
During the offseason, Wright traveled to Kenya, where he delivered books and helped teach English to children in Kenya’s Maasai Mara region. As a result of the trip, he announced in October his continued commitment to make a difference in Kenya with a pledge to donate $300 for every tackle he records this season. The money will go towards the construction of a fresh-water well for the primary school in Maasai Mara. The campaign also includes a fundraising platform allowing fans to donate to the cause – the fund has raised more than $20,000 to date. Wright plans to return to Kenya in 2019.
Wright actively participates in the important causes of his teammates as well. In April 2018, Wright joined Seahawks Legend Cliff Avril on the former defensive end’s annual trip to Haiti, where he is building a school in La Chanm. In addition to helping lay a foundation at the school, Wright also assisted in coaching a youth football camp in Port-au-Prince.
Wright actively serves as a mentor for Future Leaders, a program of former Seahawks and current San Diego Chargers tackle Russell Okung’s Greater Foundation. As a mentor for Future Leaders, Wright works with inner city youth to help them learn basics of entrepreneurship and technology to solve problems in their community.
Locally, Wright is a mentor for area youth through Rainier Athletes, a local program to support and motivate students to achieve their greatest potential. He has also been known to be inspired by a quick interaction and turn that into a more lasting and meaningful encounter. After meeting representatives from Sawhorse Revolution following a Seahawks mini-camp practice, Wright spent a day later in the summer building tiny homes for the homeless.
For the past two years, Wright has also worked with area youth through the NFL’s Character Playbook, which teaches middle school students how to build healthy relationships and make good decisions.
New this year, all 32 team winners will be highlighted as finalists and recognized for their important work during the weekend leading up to Super Bowl LIII. The 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 2, the eve of Super Bowl LIII, on CBS. NFL Honors will be at Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Five hundred thousand dollars will be donated in the name of the 2018 winner. Two hundred and fifty thousand will be donated in his name to expand Character Playbook, the NFL and United Way’s digital character education program. An additional donation of $250,000 will be donated to the charity of his choice. All other 31 nominees will receive a donation of $50,000 in their name to expand Character Playbook, and an additional donation of up to $50,000 to their charity of choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation, Nationwide and United Way Worldwide.
Fans are encouraged to participate in Nationwide’s 4th annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote by using #WPMOYChallenge on Twitter with their favorite nominee’s last name somewhere in the post between December 6 and January 13. The player whose unique hashtag is used the most will receive a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, courtesy of Nationwide. Hashtag information and official rules can be found at nfl.com/manoftheyear.
To learn more about Wright’s nomination, visit NFL.com/manoftheyear.