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Russell Wilson and Ciara founders of Why Not You Foundation via 360 Magazine

CIARA × RUSSELL – WNYF

On Saturday, the Why Not You Foundation (WNYF) and College Success Foundation (CSF) hosted an unforgettable evening to celebrate scholars, demonstrate the impact of education, and ensure students have the support, mentoring and services necessary to achieve their dreams. The Dream Big: Anything Is Possible event brought together an intimate group of thought leaders from the Seattle community to connect and discuss topics ranging from the challenges underserved students experience to the future of education. The event took place at The Boathouse on the shores of Lake Union and was hosted by WNYF’s Russell Wilson and Ciara and presented by HomeStreet Bank. Funds raised at the event will benefit the Why Not You Academy and College Success Foundation college-access and success programs. 

The Dream Big: Anything is Possible initiative was created by the Why Not You Foundation in 2018 as a platform to inspire and drive change for youth in Washington’s diverse communities. Since its launch, the initiative has engaged and supported hundreds of students with programs and scholarships, and welcomed the first students to the Why Not You Academy.

“We were honored to co-host this special evening celebrating the Why Not You Foundation’s partnership with College Success Foundation and the transformative opportunities we’ve been able to provide to students together,” said WNYF’s co-founders Russell Wilson and Ciara. “It’s enduring partnerships like this that have enabled the WNYF to grow deep roots in the Seattle community which will continue to prosper and impact many more people for years to come. Seattle has a special place in our hearts and will forever be a place we call home.”

This ongoing partnership with College Success Foundation is just one example of WNYF’s sustained commitment to the Seattle community where it was founded in 2014. In just eight years they have helped raise over $10M for pediatric cancer research with Safeway Albertsons, opened the Why Not You Academy, a tuition-free charter school, and have inspired countless young people to realize their true potential and pursue their dreams. Alongside co-founders Russell Wilson and Ciara, the Why Not You Foundation will continue to work closely with its partners to strengthen the Seattle community and beyond. 

“We are appreciative of Russell and Ciara’s dedication to supporting important education initiatives in Seattle,” said College Success Foundation’s President & CEO James Dorsey. “We prepare CSF Scholars with the academic, financial, social and emotional support they need to be successful in life, beginning in middle school and continuing through high school, college and beyond,” “We’re proud of the more than 11,600 CSF Scholars – and counting – who have graduated from college.” 

Despite the extreme challenges facing underserved, low-income students, CSF educational attainment rates remain ahead of national benchmarks in all areas. To combat pandemic-created challenges, College Success Foundation is expanding this year to serve even more students in high school and college through the Rally for College initiative. 

About Why Not You Foundation:

Founded in 2014, Russell Wilson and Ciara’s Why Not You Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty through education, empowering youth to lead with a why not you attitude. The foundation supports student access to equal education opportunities, children’s health and food security initiatives. Its mission is to equip today’s youth with the skills and opportunities to become tomorrow’s leaders. In Fall 2020, the foundation announced its first Why Not You Academy, a school that blends real-world applications with classroom learning. Learn more at www.whynotyoufdn.org.

About College Success Foundation: 

College Success Foundation is a national nonprofit that provides a unique integrated system of supports and scholarships to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate from college and succeed in life. CSF serves students in public high schools and college campuses throughout Washington state and the District of Columbia. Learn more at collegesuccessfoundation.org.

 

Featured Photo: from left: Why Not You Foundation co-founder Russell Wilson, Why Not You Academy student Trinity, and Why Not You Foundation co-founder Ciara pose together at the Dream Big: Anything is Possible dinner on May 21, 2022 in Seattle. (Photo by Stephanie Cristalli)

Image via Berk Communications for 360 Magazine

Russell Wilson Launches 3Brand Hat Line

RUSSELL WILSON LAUNCHES DEBUT HAT LINE FROM 3BRAND LABEL, EXCLUSIVELY AT LIDS

Leading sports retailer Lids today announced that Seattle Seahawks star quarterback and Super Bowl XLVIII champion, Russell Wilson will be launching a brand new hat line from his recently founded 3BRAND label, sold exclusively at Lids.

The caps will feature Russell Wilson’s signature number 3 icon logo and will be available in three different colored hats. This unique collection is one of three drops by Russell Wilson and 3BRAND this year. All drops will be available at select Lids stores and on Lids.com in the months ahead. 3BRAND represents everyone out there who has a dream and is dedicated to hard work. The 3BRAND collection brings sport, fashion and lifestyle to these iconic caps.

In addition to the stylish caps, five percent of sales will be donated to the Why Not You Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty through education and empowering youth to lead with a why not attitude. The foundation also supports student access to equal education opportunities, children’s health and food security initiatives. Its mission is to equip today’s youth with the skills and opportunities to become tomorrow’s leaders. 

I have always dreamed of having my own hat line at Lids and to finally launch my 3BRAND collection exclusively at Lids is a dream come true, said Russell Wilson. Being able to keep your dreams alive, never giving up, and living life with a why not you attitude is what the 3BRAND signifies and I can’t wait to see everyone wearing them.

We are thrilled to be the exclusive retail partner to launch Russell Wilson’s debut hat line from his 3BRAND label, said Lawrence Berger, Chairman of FanzzLids Holdings and co-founder and partner at Ames Watson. This collection not only offers our customers a way to express the important messages of never giving up on your dreams but also to provide them with a sense of excitement while wearing these caps.

The announcement follows a year of growth for Lids that saw the retailer add 70 stores during the pandemic and cement an international expansion agreement with the NBA. Lids remains the largest headwear retailer in North America, with over 28 million sold per year across their 1,200+ locations. Beyond hats, Lids is the largest brick and mortar retailer of licensed sports product in North America and has a fast-growing non-sports branded business. Retailing for $31.99, the first release from this exclusive collection will be available in select Lids locations throughout the U.S. and on Lids.com starting Thursday, Aug.19.

About 3BRAND

Launching in 2021, Russell Wilson’s 3BRAND brings sport, music and fashion together in an on- trend sportswear brand that inspires us to be better, do more, and give back. 3BRAND believes the mind, body and soul combine to make dreams come true. A percentage of all 3BRAND sales are donated to the Why Not You Foundation, Russell and Ciara’s nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty through education, empowering youth to lead with a why not you attitude. Follow us on Instagram, or Facebook.

About Lids

Lids Sports Group is the largest licensed sports retailer in North America, selling fan and fashion- oriented headwear and apparel across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico through over 1,200 retail locations. Indianapolis-based Lids Sports Group carries officially licensed and branded gear aimed at empowering customers to represent their unique and individual style, team, passion and fun. Lids Sports Group operates stores under the Lids, Locker Room by Lids, Fanzz, Yankees Clubhouse Shops, Dodgers Clubhouse, Cardinals Clubhouse, and numerous other nameplates. Lids also has locations within select Macy’s department stores nationwide. To find a retail location near you visit the blog or join the #LidsLoyal on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

About Why Not You Foundation

Founded in 2014, Russell Wilson and Ciara’s Why Not You Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty through education, empowering youth to lead with a why not you attitude. The foundation supports student access to equal education opportunities, children’s health and food security initiatives. Its mission is to equip today’s youth with the skills and opportunities to become tomorrow’s leaders. In Fall 2020, the foundation announced its first Why Not You Academy, a school that blends real-world applications with classroom learning. Learn more here.

Ultimate Rivals: The Rink

The glass ceiling has finally been shattered in video games. For the first time ever, female athletes can compete against, or alongside, male athletes.  Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, from Bit Fry, is a new, fast-paced “2 vs. 2” hockey game that features many of today’s top athletes – men and women.

The game features female soccer stars such as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd, and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Elena Delle Donne who can play against the likes of LeBron James, Russell Wilson, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Alex Ovechkin.  For example, Megan Rapinoe can team up with LeBron James to take on a team featuring Diana Taurasi and Clayton Kershaw.

Another first for this game — star athletes from all the major sports leagues are playing with and against each other.  Bit Fry has secured groundbreaking licensing agreements with nine major professional sports organizations, including the NHL, NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), NBA, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), MLB, MLB Players Association (MLBPA), NFLPA, Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), USWNTPA, as well as Wayne Gretzky.

More information is at UltimateRivals.com

A trailer for the game can be seen HERE

VIZIO × TVP AWARD

VIZIO Announces Nominees for Top Value Performer Award and Calls on Fans to Vote for Their Favorite Player

Candidates Include Green Bay’s Davante Adams, Baltimore’s Alex Collins, Chicago’s Jordan Howard, New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara, and Minnesota’s Jerick McKinnon

VIZIO, Inc. today announced nominees for its eleventh annual VIZIO Top Value Performer (TVP) award which aims to recognize the professional football player whose on-field performance most exceeds the value of their base salary. Just as this season’s TVP candidates serve as a great value to their respective teams, VIZIO continues to provide value to consumers as one of America’s leading consumer electronics brands. The crop of candidates recognized for their efforts in the 2017 season features some of the top up-and-coming players in the league including Green Bay’s Davante Adams, Baltimore’s Alex Collins, Chicago’s Jordan Howard, New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara, and Minnesota’s Jerick McKinnon. Fans are invited to visit VIZIO.com/TVP to vote for the player they believe is most deserving of TVP honors between now and January 14, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

VIZIO has once again partnered with pro-football analyst and former general manager, Charley Casserly, to expertly determine this year’s most deserving TVP nominees. In addition to Casserly, VIZIO also sought insight from Hall of Fame Running Back Terrell Davis, himself a former late round pick who added tremendous value to a championship winning team. Candidates for this year’s TVP award were evaluated and selected based on their regular season performances, statistics and role in the success of their respective teams. These factors were then measured against their annual base salaries to select the five finalists.

VIZIO TVP candidates Include Green Bay’s Davante Adams, Baltimore’s Alex Collins, Chicago’s Jordan Howard, New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara, and Minnesota’s Jerick McKinnon.

“When we started the TVP Award over a decade ago, we wanted to give fans across the country the chance to recognize the incredible performances and value these talented players bring to their respective teams,” said Jeila Foroozani, VIZIO Director of Corporate Marketing. “This season’s class is bursting with star power and we are excited for a highly competitive race where each nominee will rally for fan votes to clinch Top Value Performer honors.”

VIZIO is looking to fans nationwide to choose the 2017 Top Value Performer by voting online at VIZIO.com/TVP from now until January 14, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Fans visiting the site can also browse candidate stats and browse highlight videos from Casserly about each player. Fans are encouraged to vote as many times as they’d like to help their favorite candidate win the 2017 Top Value Performer award. Following each vote, fans will have a chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a VIZIO SmartCast™ P-Series™ 75″ Class Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display™, along with a VIZIO SmartCast™ 45″ 5.1 Sound Bar System.

The 2017 VIZIO Top Value Performer nominees include:

Davante Adams, Wide Receiver, Green Bay #17 (Twitter @tae15adams // #TVPAdams)

Now in his fourth year in Green Bay, Davante Adams has developed into one of the top weapons in the team’s lethal passing attack. Adams has overcome injuries and uncertainty at the quarterback position to continue producing strong numbers. This season Adams is the most targeted receiver on the team and is on pace to lead Green Bay in both catches and yards for the first time in his career. Given his importance to the offense and his base salary of just $956,373 Adams has forced himself into consideration for the 2017 TVP award.

Alex Collins, Running Back, Baltimore #34 (Twitter @budda03 // #TVPCollins)

In his first season in Baltimore Alex Collins started the season as a backup, but as he continued to take advantage of each opportunity he had on the field he became impossible to keep on the sidelines. Since taking a more featured role, Collins has added a much needed jolt to his team’s running game. Ranking among the league leaders in yards per rush and 20 yard runs, his value has quick surpassed his base salary of 508,235, and made him a candidate that should definitely be considered for the TVP award this year.

Jordan Howard, Running Back, Chicago #24 (Twitter @JHowardx24 // #TVPHoward)

Jordan Howard came into the league as a relatively unknown fifth round pick and in just two short years has made a name for himself as one of the top running backs in the league. Known for his strong running style, this season Howard has served as the workhorse for Chicago’s offense, going over 100-yards on the ground multiple times to help his team secure victory. Howard’s performance has allowed him to consistently rank among the league leaders in rushing yards throughout the season and with a base salary of just $540,000, he is an ideal candidate for the TVP award.

Alvin Kamara, Running Back, New Orleans #41 (Twitter @a_kamara6 // #TVPKamara)

In his rookie season, Alvin Kamara has emerged as one of the league’s top dual threat players. His sensational speed and ability in the passing game have quickly made Kamara an integral part of one of the league’s top offenses. With multiple games over 100 total yards already on his resume, Kamara is currently on pace to go over 1000 total yards this season. Kamara has energized a resurgent New Orleans team and as rookie third round pick with a base salary of $465,000, he is a viable contender to win this year’s TVP award.

Jerick McKinnon, Running Back, Minnesota #31 (Twitter @jetmckinnon1 // #TVPMcKinnon)

For some teams, the loss of a starting running back can be the kiss of death, but this has not been the case in Minnesota due to the strong performance of Jerick McKinnon. Since being thrust into a more featured role, McKinnon’s abilities both as running back and receiver have made him a top threat in his team’s offense. Now in his fourth season, McKinnon is on pace to set new career highs in yards and touchdowns this season. His performance has been a key ingredient to his team’s success and with a base salary of only $700,000, McKinnon is a TVP candidate worth considering.

Previous TVP winners include running back Spencer Ware (2016), wide receiver Allen Robinson (2015), wide receiver Kenny Stills (2014), quarterback Russell Wilson (2012 and 2013), wide receiver Victor Cruz (2011), wide receiver Stevie Johnson (2010), wide receiver Steve Smith (2009), quarterback Matt Cassel (2008) and quarterback David Garrard (2007).

About VIZIO

VIZIO’s mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand and sold over 75 million products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV brand in America1 and is the #1 sound bar brand in America2. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards, making the 2017 collection the most awarded in company history. The 2017 VIZIO SmartCast E, M and P-Series Displays all received Reviewed.com‘s Editor’s Choice awards3 and were listed as the site’s “Best of the Year.” The 2017 VIZIO M-Series SmartCast Display received CNET’s Editor’s Choice with an 8.6 rating4. The M-Series also received the Editor’s Choice from PCmag5. VIZIO’s SB3851 was rated “The Best Budget Soundbar” by The Wirecutter6, a New York Times company, and VIZIO’s SB3621n-E8 sound bar received a 9.1 score and an Editor’s Choice from CNET7. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com.

© 2017 VIZIO, Inc. VIZIO, the V Logo, VIZIO SmartCast and other terms and phrases are trademarks or registered trademarks of VIZIO, Inc. All other trademarks and logos are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

1 The NPD Group, Inc./Weekly Retail Tracking Service, based on TV units sold in the U.S. from Jan 5, 2014 – Nov 11, 2017

2  The NPD Group, Inc./Weekly Retail Tracking Service, based on the total aggregate of sound bar units sold in the U.S. from Jan 5, 2014 – Nov 11, 2017

3 Visit reviewed.com for full reviews for the VIZIO SmartCast P-Series (published: 11/3/2017), VIZIO SmartCast M-Series (published: 10/2/2017) and VIZIO SmartCast E-Series (published: 5/5/2017)

4 Visit CNET.com for the full review, published 11/7/2017

5 Visit pcmag.com for the full VIZIO M65-E0 review, published 9/12/17

6 Visit thewirecutter.com for the full article, published 6/22/17

7 Visit CNET.com  for the full VIZIO SB3621 review, published 8/21/17