In good civic spirits | Editorial

The rafters were filled at three South Kitsap School District junior highs last week as students clung to every word expressed by current and former Seattle Seahawks.

It all was made possible through a partnership between SKSD and the NFL franchise by best-selling author Debbie Macomber, a Yakima native who has lived in Port Orchard for decades. Macomber’s popular Cedar Cove series loosely was based on Port Orchard, but her commitment to the city extends beyond bringing it national exposure.

The partnership between the Seahawks and SKSD is just the latest example of that. Macomber, who is busy writing her latest women’s fiction novel, The Inn at Rose Harbor, while observing the filming of the Cedar Cove series in Victoria, British Columbia, purchased an advertisement at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to promote her work.

Macomber used her influence and connections — she and her husband, Wayne, have been Seahawks season-ticket holders since 1977 — to establish a partnership between the Seahawks and SKSD. The agreement is pure philanthropy as SKSD students benefit from resources they otherwise would not have been exposed to.

An example of that was on May 2 when South Kitsap High School certified athletic trainer and teacher Katie Finnie took 19 students to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, which is the Seahawks’ headquarters. During that time, students met Seahawks assistant athletic trainer David Stricklin, a 1999 South graduate. They learned how Stricklin utilized internships and networked to advance through his profession. “It was cool to see how you can go through the program and how far you can get,” South junior Meggie Stafne said after meeting Stricklin.

And even though former Seahawks Nesby Glasgow and Randall Morris finished playing before any of the children in the audience were born, their message still resonated with students at Cedar Heights Junior High. Glasgow, who played 14 seasons in the NFL, told students that others constantly doubted his ability because of he is short and slender. He implored students not to allow their adults or peers to place limitations on them. “It’s time for you to start making choices that are in your best interest,” he said. “Don’t assume your classmate is smart because of their genetics. They’re smart because they work at it.”

Port Orchard residents — and the surrounding community — are fortunate to have people who use their resources to effect positive change.


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