On the morning of the big playoff game this past Sunday I was sitting with my friend Jenessa, who is a music teacher, and my mother, who is the executive director of a non-profit that supports people with disabilites, discussing the Seahawks and money.
Jenessa was venting about not having enough funding to rent school buses to get her kids from their school to the local elementary school to put on a concert. A major factor in running a non-profit is also wrangling funding. The Seahawks however, are raking in the dough and the support of the entire city and beyond to much of the state.
It took me a while to realize, but it is really spectacular to see a city united in their support of something. On the other hand, I wish we could all come together to support organizations in our community that make a long term, positive difference in peoples lives. The back bone of a productive economy is education, and there are classrooms that lack the essential tools to be productive.
It’s hard to level the playing field between garnering support for teachers versus sports stars, because teachers don’t fill big arenas and attract the popularity and with it the merchandising that a sports team does. But why not? Most of us have gone through the educational system…and the better educated our society, the more success we will have as a whole. I just can’t wrap my brain around the disparity sometimes.
One particular book helped me see education in this light, and that is Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. It inspired my passionate and absolute support of education from the bottom up. Everyone should read this book!
Just to further my point, one of the trademark attorneys at my office sent this article around this morning. Unbeknownst to most of Seattle, the Seahawks have been aggressively trying to cash in on many of the phrases associated with the Seahawks and Seahawks fans. Trying to trademark the “12th Man” and the word “Boom” in order to make even MORE money.
This is not to say that people should stop spending money on their beloved Seahawks merchandise, but rather that maybe some of that passion and support could be redirected towards education in our community.
What is your take on this subject? I’d love to hear any and all opinions.