Tribe Donates $550K to Seattle Seahawks Spirit of 12 Partners

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The Washington-based Puyallup Tribe of Indians recently gave $550,000 to the Seattle Seahawks' Spirit of 12 Partners.

The Spirit of 12 Partners program raises funds for kids’ programs that are primarily focused on healthy development.

The Puyallup Tribe's recent donation surpasses the total amount that the Spirit of 12 Partners raised in 2014, which was more than $527,000. Since its 2004 launch, the program has received more than $3.5 million in total funds. The Puyallup Tribe's $550,000 contribution represents one of the Spirit of 12 Partners' largest donations in program history.

"The Puyallup Tribe of Indians are deeply invested into their community partnerships," said Puyallup Tribe Community Relations Manager Hollie Xitco, reported seahawks.com. "The Tribe’s view on relationship building is always within the scope of long-term; committed to seeing their money change the landscape through empowerment, positivity and support. The Spirit of 12 has an incredible outreach across our state with the ability to make a very large footprint in many communities. It is critical that we, as global citizens, do our part to take care of our neighbors. We believe that the Spirit of 12 would feel the same."

The Puyallup's check made out to the Seattle Seahawks' Spirit of 12 Partners will go to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State, Camp Fire of Snohomish County, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Rainier Scholars, Special Olympics Washington, Treehouse, and YMCA of Greater Seattle.

"We are honored and humbled by the generosity of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians," said Seahawks Vice President of Community Outreach Mike Flood. "The Spirit of 12 Partners program is comprised of local charities who directly impact our youth on a day-to-day basis through a variety of diverse and inventive programs. These funds will help grow these programs, impact more youth and further support the valuable work."

The Puyallup Tribe's identity is rooted in generosity. Among its largest donations, in 2011, the tribe gave $1 million to the Emergency Services Campaign benefiting MultiCare Health Systems at Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. In 2008, the tribe donated $685,000 to Tacoma, Washington's Point Defiance Zoo to support the conservation and preservation of the zoo's red wolf exhibit.