by Marcus Harrison Green
(A version of this article appeared in Real Change.)
Soon after the Seattle Seahawks drafted Robert “Turbo” Turbin in 2012 out of Utah State University, it was probably easy for fans to envision him rolling up to a palatial Laurelhurst estate and emerging from a Bentley Continental GT with his signature Herculean biceps.
Most likely missing from that picture was him delivering a DoorDash order to the actual owners of the residence.
Continue reading OPINION | Why I Can’t Stop Rooting for Robert Turbin
by Erica C. Barnett
(This article was originally published on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
For weeks, the City has been scrambling to make downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square, and the stadium district inviting to the tens of thousands of people expected to pour into the area this week for All-Star Week. In addition to trash pickups and temporary park “activations” (pickleball, a free outdoor roller rink), the City has flooded the neighborhood with police; last Friday, in tiny Occidental Square alone, PubliCola counted at least eight officers, six park rangers, four private security guards, and about a dozen Downtown Seattle Association ambassadors.
And, of course, the City is sweeping unsheltered people by removing tents and RVs from the area.
Continue reading At Mariners’ Request, Mayor’s Office Pushed for Encampment Removal to ‘Make Opening Day Great’ Last Year
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Continue reading NEWS GLEAMS | A Win for Black Voters in Alabama, New Affordable Housing in Yesler Terrace, and More
by Troy Landrum Jr.
Alert and engaged, I sat in the second row at the Othello-UW Commons, on the evening of Thursday, April 13, with ears sharp and eyes focused on one of the most popular athletes and coaches in the state of Washington. Will Conroy, the associate head coach of men’s basketball at the University of Washington — or as we know it, UDub — allowed us to explore his life and spoke about his thoughts on “The Future of the Student-Athlete.” This was one of the many topics presented by University of Washington’s “Louder Than Words 2023,” a series of monthly conversations that cover the influences that divide our communities, with a focus on finding what unites us and building a better tomorrow.
Continue reading Local Basketball Legend Will Conroy Is Committed to Southeast Seattle Sports and Community
by April Lorenzo
This year’s NCAA women’s basketball tournament was one for the books. I was riveted by the upsets, the nail-biting plays, the unsung heroes, and the banter and gestures making headlines. Not only did the tournament shatter records as the most watched semifinal and championship games in women’s basketball TV history, but players like Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese left their mark in a way that young girls and adults will be talking about for years to come.
Continue reading OPINION | Get in the Game for Girls’ Sports
by Victor Simoes
Baseball Beyond Borders (BBB), a Kent-based organization that uses baseball as a tool to increase opportunity and support academic excellence for student-athletes of color, released its first documentary, Reconciliation Tour, in September. The film centers on baseball’s healing power through community building and the athletes’ shared experiences while paying homage to the sport’s historic role in the fight for civil rights and its place in Black American culture. Made in partnership with local Black media production company Converge, the documentary follows 21 BBB members on a trip to the South.
Continue reading ‘Reconciliation Tour’ Documentary Connects Black Baseball History-Makers to Young Athletes Today
by Megan Burbank
When the Sounders announced their partnership with new jersey sponsor Providence Medical Group earlier this month, the team touted it as a win-win for youth mental health. “Today’s announcement is less about the mark that our players will wear across their chests on gameday and more about the deep community investment that Providence and Sounders FC are coming together to fulfill,” said Sounders FC majority owner Adrian Hanauer in a media release posted to the team’s website on Friday, Jan. 20. “Mental health — especially for young people —– is a critical part of a healthy society, and we’re looking forward to employing the resources and reach of our two organizations to focus on these outcomes.”
Many fans don’t see the partnership as a positive. In a swift response, Emerald City Supporters shared an open letter to Sounders management the next day, expressing concern that Providence’s history of denying reproductive and gender-affirming health care made the organization an unfit partner for a team with a professed dedication to equity.
Continue reading Sounders Fans Speak Out Against Jersey Sponsor Providence: ‘What Happened to Our Shared Values?’
by Susan Fried
The gym inside Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines reverberated with the sounds of family, friends, and fans trying to out-cheer each other during the Northwest Premier Junior Football (NWPJF) Cheer Competition. Six teams, including their minis (the youngest teams), competed for trophies and the pride of being the best cheer squad in the league: the CD Panthers, Benson Bruins, Renton Rangers, 5 Star, Jr. Huskies, and HEIR Academy.
Continue reading Cheering for the Cheerleaders: The Northwest Premier Junior Football Cheer Competition
by Patheresa Wells
On Saturday, April 16, 2022, Rowhouse International and Nomad Boxing Club combined forces to present the first annual Bumblebee Memorial Boxing Showcase, held at Washington Hall. A packed crowd attended the event to watch as amateur fighters from throughout the PNW came to put their fists together in support of foster kids. Additionally, the event included a partnership with Treehouse to promote its work advocating for youth in foster care as well as to raise money for the organization.
Continue reading Bumblebee Memorial Boxing Showcase Raises Money for Foster Kids