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Military Sea Hawkers Newsletter — November 24, 2012
Army Sgt. and Wounded Warrior Erin Schaefer leads the Seahawks onto the field carrying the American flag. Photo by Brandan Schulze.
Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving this week. Thank you to all of you overseas who are helping to keep us safe at home. For those of you at home or with family out on the east coast and were affected by Superstorm Sandy, I hope you are beginning to see things get back to normal and that anyone who has family in the area is doing well. While I haven’t been the victim of any natural disasters recently, I am doing well after seeing the latest Twilight movie. I’m very thankful for my family and I hope my attendence to the show with my wife proves that.
It’s getting down to the final few days of the USAA Million Fan Salute and the Seahawks are in 4th place. The top 3 teams get rewards for their local military (see the article below). We’ve been as high as third place, so I know we can make it. You should know that you can vote once per day on multiple devices (Thanks to our President Traci Williams for pointing that out). It would be great to make it into the top 3!
I think the voting efforts are paying off through AFN as well. You won’t be able to see the game live, but at least it’s on TV, and that’s saying a lot considering the matchup. The Dolphins definitely don’t have anything to play for, so you know their fans aren’t jumping on board trying to get that game on AFN. Well done!
Seahawks at Dolphins on AFN/DTS (tape Delay)
The Seahawks road game against the Dolphins on Sunday marks the start of Seattle’s playoff run. After finishing two straight seasons with a losing record, our Hawks are in a great position to pick up a Wild Card spot.
I’d like to say the Seahawks could even overtake the 49ers, but San Francisco is looking really good right now. Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick looked like he’s ready to take Alex Smith’s job after his performance against the Bears last week. If the Hawks can win out at home and pick up at least one game on the road, 10 wins should be enough to get in the playoffs.
It’s always a good week when the Seahawks are playing on AFN/DTS for those of you overseas, even if it’s being shown on tape delay. Catch it on AFN Sports or DTS Sports at 2300 PT on Sunday, which is actually 0700 GMT Monday morning. That’s right about lunchtime (1130) for those stationed in Afghanistan.
Via NFL.com: You’ve seen it in stadiums across the country during countless national anthems, halftime shows and even after touchdowns — the salute.
The military hand salute is a simple, powerful gesture instantly recognizable as a symbol of honor and respect. It’s this gesture that serves as the inspiration for the Million Fan Salute campaign created by the NFL and its Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, USAA.
Honoring all veterans and active duty military members, the Million Fan Salute lets all NFL fans salute the military while helping earn rewards for their favorite team’s local military community.
Beginning today through Nov. 26, you can visit MillionFanSalute.com, and in just a few easy clicks, you can create a digital salute on behalf of any NFL team. The three cities with the most salutes will earn the rewards such as a refurbishment of an on-installation athletic field for their local military. (The Seahawks are currently #4!!!)
This is all part of Salute to Service taking place during weeks 10 and 11. During these two weeks, NFL teams will deepen their connection to the military community by identifying local military units from each branch of service to honor on game day. It’s these units that will receive the rewards from the Million Fan Salute.
So, NFL fans, it’s up to you. Let’s thank our troops a-million.
Brandan Schulze Military Sea Hawkers VP of Communications and Membership