A lot of people expected the Seattle Seahawks to take a step backwards this season based on the players they lost over the offseason, but have managed to stay relevant with a 4-4 record heading into Week 10.
One member of the team who has been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in Seattle is linebacker K.J. Wright. Currently in his eighth NFL season, all with the Seahawks, the 29-year-old recently stepped up in a big way that’s going to help a lot of people going forward.
This season, Wright has pledged to donate $300 for every tackle he makes to help build water wells in Kenya and is looking to raise a total of $50,000 so he can build two wells.
“When I was there, I noticed this young girl had dirty, brown water,” Wright told Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “So, I just wanted to help this community. The young ladies have to walk many miles twice a day just to bring back water, and when they do get the water, it’s not even clean. Millions of people suffer from easy access to it and I just want to bless this community that blessed me.”
Wright made the trip to Africa with some of his former teammates last offseason and it was a life-changing experience.
Wright is looking to raise as much money as possible for the initiative, but set the initial goal at $50,000 to be safe since each well costs roughly $20,000. So far this season, Wright has made 12 tackles for a grand total of $3,600, but he’s only played in two games, so there’s a lot more where that came from.
(H/T Seattle Times)