David Hawthorne’s first venture into hosting a youth sports festival in Seattle has the Seahawks’ linebacker eager to do it again.
“This was an amazing weekend,” Hawthorne said. “I never had an opportunity like this when I was growing up and have always wanted to do this for the kids in the community.
“I can’t wait to do it again next year.”
The festival kicked off Friday at Rainier Beach High School with an “Amazing Race” challenge. Teams of students competed against teams comprised of Hawthorne and other Seahawks players over a mile-long course. The winning team was captained by running back Justin Forsett, and beat the team headed by safety Jamar Adams by 37 seconds.
Saturday’s events included football, basketball and cheer camps for the students. Later, there was a 3-pont shooting contest and a Pros vs. Teachers basketball game. The Seahawks contingent of Hawthorne, Forsett and defensive ends Robert Henderson and Red Bryant won, 77-70.
Also participating in the festival were linebackers Will Herring and Anthony Heygood, safety Earl Thomas, tight end Cameron Morrah, running back Louis Rankin, wide receiver Isaiah Stanback, offensive lineman Mansfield Wrotto, cornerback Roy Lewis and defensive end Ricky Foley.