King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer’s annual Scholar-Athlete Breakfast raised more than $55,000 to benefit youth in the Federal Way and Auburn school districts.
“I began this program because we didn’t have the institutional support that other regions have for our sports programs,” von Reichbauer said at the June 29 event. “My goal is to create an endowment of at least $250,000 that will support athletes, coaches, and sports programs long after I leave office.”
Steve Raible, KIRO 7 news anchor and former Seattle Seakhawks wide receiver, emceed the event at the Performing Arts and Events Center.
Jim Zorn, the first Seattle Seahawks quarterback, shared his personal story about the importance of behind-the-scenes supporters to inspire the youth in the room to remain determined, yet humble.
“School sports are as relevant as they ever have been,” said Dr. Alan Spicciati, superintendent of the Auburn School District. “I couldn’t imagine our high schools without it.”
Sports teams among youth build community and develop a shared sense of purpose, he said.
The event, attended by more than 240 people, raised funds through a silent auction, live auction and donations.
In attendance were coaches and athletes from Decatur High School’s softball and football teams; Federal Way High School’s boys basketball team; Thomas Jefferson High School’s baseball and football teams; and Todd Beamer High School’s football team, along with Auburn and Auburn Mountainview high school teams.