Husky Football Partners with Seattle Children's Hospital to Present Touchdowns For Kids
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.