This Saturday August 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT, the charitable arm of Seattle Sounders FC, RAVE Foundation and the Seattle storm, together with Symetra Life Insurance Company, organize an in-person meeting community celebration for the versatile play space the trio built at Midway Park in Des Moines last summer, including free football and basketball skills training and a youth football and basketball giveaway .
In addition to the day, RAVE and the Storm are joined by nonprofits Seattle Adapted Sports and the Project here and now for a special Adapted sporting event at Midway Park from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT. The event features special guests and free games of wheelchair soccer and basketball – with additional chairs provided for people of all skill levels to experience wheelchair sports on their own .
The festivities begin with the Community Celebration – an in-person event following the virtual grand opening of the revamped Midway Play Space that took place last summer. Speakers from FC Sirens, Seattle storm and Symetra will join The Mayor of Des Moines, Matt Pina to the festivities, and children from the Midway community are encouraged to attend, as this youth-focused event will end with football and basketball skills training, and one football and basketball gift.
Midway Park Multi-Use Recreation Space is a donation to the RAVE Foundation and Storm community, with the generous support of Symetra Life Insurance Company. Together, the trio have collaborated to invest in this new land intended for free play, which means the grounds are not rentable by groups or teams, ensuring they remain open at all times for the communities they serve. . Located just east of Pac Highway in a wilderness of green space, Midway Park offers a safe and crucial place to play for young people nearby. The new soccer and basketball field will be free to all visitors and will serve to inspire the game and community pride. More information can be found at RaveFoundation.org/Midway.
Now complete, the field features specially designed football goals and basketball backboards, with artwork that was brought in by students at Midway Elementary School as part of a virtual game. Goals and hoops for art event last summer. Sounders FC brand ambassador and former player Brad evans and Seattle Storm Associate Head Coach Noelle Quinn joined the students as they put their imaginations on paper at the arts event, led by Midway Elementary School Principal Debbie Ellis and Highline Public School Teacher Marianne Schneeman. Student artwork was used to add bright, personal touches to Midway Park’s goals and hoop structures on the new grounds. Youth from the Midway community also participated in a virtual football and basketball clinic, hosted by Brad Evans and Seattle Storm’s Sami whitcomb.
After the community celebration, the Midway lot is used with a adapted sporting event, hosted by RAVE, the Storm, Seattle Adaptive Sports, and the Here and Now Project. The event supports Sounders FC’s dedication to Defend the right to play, one of the four main areas of social justice for change championed by the club’s official social justice framework. Sounders FC and the RAVE Foundation believe that the right to play is a human right and are committed to providing opportunities for free play, regardless of physical ability.
Speakers from each participating organization will address the community briefly, followed by free play possibilities for wheelchair soccer and basketball. Additional chairs will be available to allow people of all skill levels to experience wheelchair sports.
Special guests at the event include Seattle Storm National Wheelchair Basketball Association Team.
Media interested in covering Saturday’s events should confirm attendance with Kelly Schutz of Sounders FC Communications [[email protected]].