Seattle Seahawks All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner is making progress this offseason not only on his game but also in his community. On May 4, Wagner teamed up with nonprofit organization Generosity Feeds and Seattle-based social enterprise MOD Pizza to pack meals for 10,000 children in his hometown of Ontario, California.
Wagner and over 300 volunteers spent the day packing and shipping out rice, beans, and other food staples to help feed the 70 percent of kids in the local region who face food insecurity on the weekend when school’s not in session. Serving as host for the event was Colony High School, Wagner’s alma mater where he led the football team to two consecutive California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) division titles in 2006 and 2007, as well as a basketball title in 2006, before heading off to Utah State.
“I wanted to come back and help the city where I come from, where I grew up, and that helped me get to where I am today,” stated Wagner as he kicked off the event. “I think it’s going to be an amazing event. Let’s have fun and pack as many meals as we can.”
Providing 500,000 meals last year to those in need, MOD Pizza and Generosity Feeds are continuing to partner on their nationwide campaign to diminish childhood hunger, with hopes of feeding one million people by the end of 2019. With the added support of Wagner, they are well on their way to reaching their goal.
Tackling hunger is just one of Wagner’s many recent charitable endeavors. A champion for youth causes, Wagner has returned to Colony High School several times over the years to run his Inland Empire Football Camp with his old high school teammate and former Denver Broncos star Omar Bolden, against whom he faced off and defeated in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.
This past January during the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Wagner also hosted “Pro Bowling With Bobby Wagner” where he joined 54 local youth for a special bowling experience. In addition, Wagner brightened the holiday season for nearly 100 kids in Seattle this past December by treating them to a “Secret Santa” shopping spree, which included an appearance from the Seahawks mascot.
Wagner’s career highlights may include winning the Super Bowl and earning numerous Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors during his seven years in the NFL, but it’s off the field where his contributions will always count the most.