As anyone who got to know John Moffitt even a little bit during his rookie season realizes, the free-spirited guard is a character.
So it’s not surprising that Moffitt had no problem sliding into character after slipping into a kilt and ruffled shirt to be photographed for a “Men in Kilts” event to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska.
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“I think, personally, I look like I belong 800 years ago and that has to mean something,” said Moffitt, whose beard and flowing locks fit his costume. “I was obviously born in the wrong century.”
The premise of the fund-raising event is simple: Go to www.meninkilts.rmhcseattle.org, view the kilted contestants and vote for your favorite. The $25 fee per vote sponsors one night of housing for a family at Ronald McDonald House.
Moffitt’s competition includes Roger Levesque of Sounders FC; U.S. freestyle skier Patrick Deneen; Jonathan Porretta of the Pacific Northwest Ballet; composer/producer Mateo Messina; Jeffery Haynes of the Seattle Fire Department; Eric Sano of the Seattle Police Department; Sean Hoffert of the U.S. Coast Guard and a former Ronald McDonald House resident; McDonald’s owner/operator Len Giannola; and the KJR-AM trio of Ian Furness, Jason Puckett and Josh Sabrowsky.
The idea for the fundraiser was borrowed from another Ronald McDonald House event in Michigan.
“They were very successful and raised about $40,000, so we thought it was a great idea,” said Vanessa Kirk Briley, co-director of development for the regional Ronald McDonald House.
Moffitt agreed. “The Ronald McDonald house is amazing and I think it’s a great opportunity to give back and raise money for the organization,” he said.
Cracking a smile and adjusting his kilt, Moffitt added, “I will do whatever it takes for Ronald McDonald House.”
Since the kilt was borrowed, Moffitt wasn’t sure which clan he was representing. But since the colors where predominately red with some gray and white, he claimed it has to be for the University of Wisconsin, his alma mater.
A football player in a kilt? Did the team have trouble convincing a player to participate?
“I’ll do anything,” Moffitt said. “They probably would have had trouble if I didn’t get draft last year. Luckily, the Seahawks must have said someone else and then they heard Moffitt. So here I am.”
Which participant will claim the King of the Kilt title? Their legs will carry one to the crown, with the winner to be announced April 14 during festivities at Georgetown Brewing Company.
“Whoever wins it, I think we’re all going to have a good time with it,” Levesque said. “And raise some money for a good cause.”