Seattle Seahawks pledge $100,000 to Black Future Co-op Fund

Lindsey Wisniewski
NBC Sports Northwest

Just two weeks after the Seattle Seahawks announced $500,000 in donations from the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund, the team is giving back again, and in a big way.

On Tuesday, the Seahawks pledged $100,000 from the Seahawks Charitable Foundation toward the Black Future Co-op Fund, an alliance of Black women leaders who seek to direct philanthropic support toward upstream systems change in the Black community.

The newly-launched campaign formed after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes and 46 seconds, resulting in Floyd's tragic death. 

The Black Future Co-op Fund aims to not only acknowledge how systemic racism has impacted the Black community in Washington State, but also to "eradicate poverty, build generational wealth, preserve Black Culture, and celebrate the incredible resilience of the Black community," per the fund's site.

The fund will also invest in generations of Black children to come and uplift the Black community statewide through health, education, art, criminal justice report and civic engagement.

Other philanthropic institutions to support the Fund's efforts so far include The Ballmer Group, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Puget Sound Energy, Zillow Group, The Starbucks Foundation, and more.

Like many teams across the NFL, the Seahawks have sprung into action to end racism and crimes influenced by it. With their $500k contribution from the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund, the team said it hoped to advance conversations as it relates to policy reinforcement, judiciary protections and accountability, and the history of race in America. 

"We stand with Seattle, and every community in uniting to help heal our society and overcome the hurt, anger and frustration through peaceful protests and acts of togetherness," the Seahawks said in a statement. 

Many Seahawks players including DK MetcalfRussell WilsonL.J. Collier, Duane Brown and Tyler Lockett have spoken out against social injustice towards the black community and used their platforms to shed light on racial injustice and police brutality in America. 

Tiffany Chancellor and Nathalie Wright, wives of Kam Chancellor and K.J.Wright organized a march over the weekend to support future generations and take a stand against injustice. 

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Seattle Seahawks pledge $100,000 toBlack Future Co-op Fund originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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