Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Grammy award-winning performer Ciara have both been doing philanthropy work together for a very long time. Now they’ve announced their $1.75M contribution to rebrand the charter program currently known as Cascade Midway Academy into Why Not You Academy in Seattle.
The coronavirus epidemic delayed the opening of Cascade Midway Academy, which was set to open this year. Why Not You Academy, referencing the couple’s foundation, is expected to open in Fall 2021.
According to The Associated Press, Wilson and Ciara won’t be involved in the day-to-day operations but their generous contribution will be acknowledged by the name change. “Wilson and Ciara said they jumped at the opportunity to help launch the school,” as told in the interview. “It focuses on academics, personalized student plans and internships and mentorships for underserved Black and brown students. The couple said they hope this will be the first of many Why Not You Academy sites across the country.”
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The philanthropic celebrity couple will be helping students succeed in this tuition-free public High School that will give many families the opportunity to see their children jumpstart their futures before heading to college.
Wilson and Ciara have been supporting their home base of Seattle and education in many ways. They’ve shown their support for the Seattle-based Rainier Scholars program helping low-income students of color prepare for college and the Rwanda Girls Initiative running science and technology-focused boarding schools for girls in Africa.
“We’ve always held the belief that life’s successes start with a good education, but recognize that access isn’t always created equally for all,” they said. “The Why Not You Foundation was created with the concept of empowering youth to lead with a why not you attitude and that’s why it was important for our foundation… to help open doors for kids from less fortunate backgrounds.”