December 22, 2017

Russell Wilson and Ciara Pay a Visit to Friends of the Children

Why Not You Foundation gives $115,000 for children facing the greatest challenges

Seattle, Wash. – 2014 Super Bowl Champion Russell Wilson and GRAMMY Award Winning artist Ciara stopped by the Friends of the Children - Seattle office this week to share words of hope and encouragement with youth and Friends staff, and to present a check to Friends for $115,000 from Wilson’s Why Not You Foundation.  Friends of the Children President Terri Sorensen shared the following statement:

“Our youth were so thrilled to meet Russell and Ciara. The couple encouraged our youth to work hard, dream big, set goals and achieve them. Hearing that from two incredibly successful people who have worked hard to achieve their goals will leave a lasting impact on our youth, who face some of the greatest life challenges. Russell and Ciara truly walk the walk, as evidenced by the work of the Why Not You Foundation, which has been a supporter of our Seattle chapter for several years. We’re pleased that the foundation has invested in our efforts to expand in other cities, including Los Angeles. We are incredibly grateful for the momentum we have heading into the new year, thanks to Russell and Ciara’s commitment to empowering youth.”

The $115,000 gift was made possible by Wilson’s Good Man Brand, which donates three percent of its sales to the Why Not You Foundation, which was founded in 2014 by Russell Wilson. Ciara recently joined the board of the Why Not You Foundation and focuses her efforts on empowering girls and young women.


Russell and Ciara shared their excitement about the visit on Instagram and Twitter, along with several photos from the visit:

Russell Wilson: “Amazing day spending time w @Ciara and these kids at “Friends of the Children” (@Seattle_Friends @FriendsNational) today! Generational Poverty is an epidemic in our world and one of the best ways to help kids out and into their true destiny is to give them a mentor! One mentor for one kid! Grateful that our @WhyNotYouFDN and @GoodManBrand are in major support of love, change, & education! #WhyNotYou #BeGood

Ciara: “Russell Wilson and I had a sweet time sitting with the kids and mentors of “Friends of The Children” (@SeattleFriends @FriendsNational)! Generational Poverty is an epidemic in our world and one of the best ways to help kids out into their true destiny is to give them a mentor! One mentor for one kid! This program is truly amazing and we at the @WhyNotYouFDN are truly proud to be a part of the family. We want to see these angels soar higher and higher! “

Photos of the visit can be downloaded for use herePhoto creditWest2East Empire (@west2eastempire)

About Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children is a national nonprofit based in Portland, OR with the mission of breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving the most vulnerable children the ability to create a new story. We provide our children a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, who we call a Friend, from kindergarten through school high graduation, 12 ½ years – no matter what. Our Friends support and guide our children in becoming healthy and contributing members in their communities. Our successful model is now in 15 locations, including four sites in Oregon (Portland, Gresham, Klamath Falls and Central Oregon); Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Harlem and the South Bronx, NY; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Tampa Bay, FL; and Cornwall, United Kingdom. Friends of the Children has been named the Most Admired Nonprofit in Oregon in 2016 and 2015 by the Portland Business Journal. Find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram or visit