Seahawk C.J. Prosise visits Sherwood Elementary School

Fifth graders at Edmonds’ Sherwood Elementary School had a very special visit on Tuesday morning with Seahawks running back C.J. Prosise.

The visit was part of the school’s involvement with Sqord, a wristband that measures movement and activity beyond just counting steps. All fifth graders wear the wristbands and keep track of how many points they earn every day by playing games and exercising. Sqord is sponsored by Premera, which partners with Prosise.

Ten thousand students in Snohomish County were given Sqord wristbands to encourage active living.

“It’s great because it’s something the kids can be excited about,” said Carly Kaufman, director of education and programs for Sqord. “This is our way to reward the teachers, too. It’s the teachers that make the difference. Excited teachers lead to excited students.”

Jim Messina, Executive Vice President of Premera, introduced Prosise. He works closely with Prosise as his business mentor.

“When he would go to Chicago to work out, he said he would always have to drive back to Notre Dame to finish his degree,” Messina said of Prosise. “It struck me that education was really important to him.”

Prosise said he was excited to come to Sherwood Elementary School and meet the kids.

“I love being out here and giving back,” Prosise said. “I never had a chance to meet a professional player as a kid, and I’m glad to be here to give back. Every day is an opportunity for us to give back and learn something new.”

Then he took off on a challenge course. First, he had to throw footballs through a hoop. Then, he had to bowl a strike and score a hockey goal. It took him several attempts to make a free throw, then he had a short obstacle course to complete. He wore his Sqord wristband so the class could compete against him after he answered some questions and signed some autographs.

The class asked hard-hitting questions, like if they could post photos of Prosise on Facebook, who his favorite Seahawk is (Russell Wilson), who the funniest Seahawk is (Michael Bennett) and if he remembered his first touchdown.

He did. He said he was 6 years old playing flag football. It was a weird play, he explained, involving some fumbles. He somehow got the ball, ran the wrong way, but turned around and somehow fell into the end zone.

“It was an accident,” he said.

He also said he was inspired to play football because his older brother used to play football, and he just wanted to be like his brother. As an adult, his big brother turned out to be more of a basketball player.

Similar visits are also planned at Oak Heights Elementary and Beverly Elementary later this year.

–Story and photos by Natalie Covate

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