Last Sunday, February 28th, 2016, the Safari Post was invited to cover an annual banquet of the Seattle Junior Seahawks (youth non-profit Football and Cheerleading organization) at the Rainier Valley Community Center. As a publisher of safaripost.net, we always wanted to report on positive local stories usually not covered in mainstream media. In other words, we always look for a human story; especially minority community issues. We are convinced, though; telling our stories in our perspective is the only option of challenging others of misrepresenting our community.

The dinner featured about 100 Junior Seahawks youth and 100 parents and staff. And the City Council President Bruce Harrell was the keynote speaker with the highlight of the evening being the Presentation of a $10,000 donation to the organization from Uber Technologies. Fifteen minutes later, an African-American gentleman walked at the podium and introduces himself while grinning.

“Good evening every one. My name is Darren Gill and I’m the President of Seattle Junior Seahawks”. As soon as he finishes the first sentence, the crowd went wild and gave him a great round of applause. Particularly, the young men sitting at the front row; they were no doubt energetic and excited. These young men were the Seattle Junior Seahawks. He smiled and went on, “It is about mentoring your people and instilling a sense of pride and discipline into their lives. The Junior Seahawks won 33 wins and 1 loss so far”.

Then Mr. Darren turned to his left side and invited Uber Northwest (NW) Regional Manager, Brook Steger to the microphone. Ms. Brooke talked little bit about the Uber history – and how Uber have started in San Francisco, California with few people. NW Uber GM, Brooke Steger walked to her seat and grabbed a big check and presented a $10,000 check to the organization.

“We are pleased to partner with such a worthy organization”. She said with big smile, “And we are very impressed by the work done both on and off the football field by the Junior Seahawks organization.” She went on and said, ““Uber is excited and honored to partner with the Junior Seahawks Youth Football Program which supports so many of Seattle’s youth. From our diverse driver partners, to our riders from across the region, to our employees who care deeply about the communities they serve, Uber is an integral part of the Seattle community,” concluded Brooke Steger, Uber Northwest (NW) Regional Manager.

Everybody in the audience stood up and gave her an ovation. And Uber Manager Steger emphasized further, “from Uber’s diverse driver partners to its riders from across the region, to its employees, the company cares deeply about the communities it serves and Uber is an integral part of the Seattle community.”

After Uber representative handed the check to Mr. Darren Gill. The Junior Seahawks president, Mr. Gill, praised Uber and its generosity, noting that the Junior Seahawks are about more than football, “We appreciate Uber’s gift, it will go a long way toward keeping this valuable program thriving”, Gill concluded.

Council President Harrell, himself an outstanding University of Washington football player, commented, “After being part of this community all my life and a long-standing supporter of this program, with this contribution, the students are much better prepared to do well in school and in life. “The many successes I have personally seen as a result of this program are impressive and I thank Uber for its generosity.”

The program ended with President Gill again expressing his appreciation for Uber’s support and the support of Council President Harrell over many years.

Mohamed Awaleh is a freelance writer and publisher of monthly community newspaper and website, www.safaripost.net in America and Canada for years. Contact: safaripost0@gmail.com