Fun for a purpose

Last week, the Seahawks competed in a home run derby. In June, comedian Rob Riggle attended meetings and a practice as a faux tryout player. And there’s certainly something else coming down the pipe.

But why, exactly?

It’s all part of Coach Pete Carroll’s carefully constructed plan as his team bonds and prepares for the 2010 season. In Carroll’s mind, it’s the fun things that help someone learn, so that’s why practices are fun — with music, fans and constant competition — and why he provides diversions to unite the team at the beginning of team meetings, during practices and around the facility in downtimes.

“It’s important stuff because we’re coming together,” Carroll said to his players, referring to the goofy parts of training camp. “The home run derby, Rob Riggle, hanging around the locker room, it’s all so vital for us.”

So the Seahawks continue on with camp, filling their days with both the business and the fun, all of it filling huge roles in the end product that’ll take the field this fall.

“Let’s make sure we care so much about where we’re going and the people around us,” Carroll said. “We’re getting closer, we’re getting better.

“Let’s keep growing… together.”

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