Russell Wilson: Sports Bring People Together

David Hookstead | Contributor

Seattle Seahawks superstar quarterback Russell Wilson penned an emotional letter about the importance of sports on Tuesday.

The electric Super Bowl champion wrote the piece titled “Boomshakalaka” for The Players Tribune to discuss the possibility of bringing an NBA and NHL team to Seattle. However, one of the best parts of the letter was when he discussed how sports bring people together no matter what else is happening. (SLIDESHOW: 12 Times Russell Wilson’s Wife Ciara Was Absolutely Stunning)

He wrote in part:

We live in divisive times, and sports have a way of bringing people closer together. They allow us all — children and adults — to use our imaginations and dream. I want kids in Seattle to grow up dreaming of playing basketball or hockey for their hometown team.

If you doubt the power of sports to unify people, just look at Chicago after the Cubs’ amazing World Series victory. It made me think of our own parade through Seattle after we won the Super Bowl in 2014. It was 25° in the middle of February, and I was standing on a float looking out at the crowd. That’s when it all slowed down and everything sunk in for me.

I tried to focus on every single face, even though it was impossible to take it all in. I saw people of every race — black, white, brown, everything. I saw men and women. I saw old folks crying. And I saw young kids who had obviously skipped school. All walks of life braved the cold that day just be a part of something.

Wilson is well known in the community for being outspoken about issues and taking lots of personal time to help sick and dying children at the local children’s hospital. (SLIDESHOW: 12 TIMES SPORTS PUNDIT KRISTINE LEAHY LOOKED ABSOLUTELY STUNNING)

Hopefully Wilson has enough influence to bring the last two remaining major sports leagues franchises to Seattle.

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