Aug. 11, 2010
SEATTLE -The University of Washington's football program is partnering with Seattle Children's Hospital to introduce Touchdowns for Kids, a new fundraising effort aimed at providing medical care to Pacific Northwest patients at Children's regardless of ability to pay.
"We are excited to partner with Children's for such a great cause," UW senior quarterback Jake Locker said. "Children's has been an inspiration to me and my teammates, and we're thrilled to have an opportunity to give back. I hope this tradition reaches far into the future of UW football."
Like many of his UW football teammates, Locker has been volunteering at Children's since his freshman year. The Huskies will help Touchdowns for Kids solicit donations in three ways: corporate sponsorship, individual donations, and pledge-per-touchdown giving.
"Funds raised through the Touchdowns for Kids campaign will go a long way in helping families in need," Aileen Kelly, Executive Director - Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association. "This year, the hospital is expected to provide more than $100 million in financial assistance to families who cannot afford the full cost of their child's care. Many thanks to the Huskies and their fans for this amazing generosity."
UW head football coach Steve Sarkisian has been impressed with his players' dedication and selflessness in the creation of Touchdowns For Kids.
"I can see how much this means to our players," Steve Sarkisian said. "This is something they have developed on their own, and I couldn't be more proud of them for it. Efforts like this show the true character of our football team."
For more information on Touchdowns For Kids, please visit the program's official website: www.uwtouchdownsforkids.com.
About Seattle Children's Hospital Consistently ranked as one of the best children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children's serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children's hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.) For more than 100 years, Children's has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children's serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children's Research Institute and Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation. For more information visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.