What do Walter Jones, D.J. Fluker, Christian Roldan, Stefan Frei, Matt Hasselbeck and Kenny Mayne have in widespread?
They’re all staples within the Seattle sports activities neighborhood.
However earlier than this star-studded solid together with MLS champions and Professional Soccer Corridor of Famers discovered their solution to the Emerald Metropolis, they every walked throughout the stage at their highschool graduations.
They notice not many college students will get the identical alternative as they did years earlier than. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, graduations throughout the nation have gone digital, been postponed, or canceled altogether.
To verify every highschool graduates’ laborious work doesn’t go unnoticed, the Seattle athletes put collectively a graduation speech of kinds for the Class of 2020.
Have a look:
Pricey Class of 2020,
My pals & I put one thing collectively for you. We hope this can be a reminder of what you imply to us. Go on and tackle the world with braveness, we consider in you.
— WALTER JONES (@BigWalt71) May 2, 2020
Former Seahawks guard, now Baltimore Raven, D.J. Fluker confirmed sympathy for the scholars who have been unable to have fun this vital milestone in particular person.
“I do know that you’re harm, confused and offended, I imply, I’d be offended too,” Fluker mentioned. “However for me to inform you guys this, to be resolute. I would like you guys to take a second and ask yourselves, ‘does this outline me?'”
Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who received his second MLS Cup with Seattle in 2019, urged the Class of 2020 to make use of this time and expertise to develop.
“Please bear in mind this time as not one among loss, however reasonably alternative,” Frei mentioned. “Alternative to reset your life, to arrange your self to stop moments like what we live via as a result of you’re the future. You maintain the keys to the proverbial automobile that can lead us into the subsequent chapter of our lives.”
ESPN anchor, former Seahawk and Federal Means native Kenny Mayne reminded the senior class that whereas graduation appears to be like quite a bit completely different this 12 months, no less than they’ve Tik Tok.
“The graduating class of 1918, they didn’t even have TikTok,” Mayne mentioned. “They didn’t have any of this know-how we’ve got now. Their commencement was fairly dangerous, that is approach higher. So, you’ve had some issues stolen from you, didn’t get to complete the sports activities season, the promenade, all kinds of different belongings you have been all wanting ahead to and that’s a downer.
“However take this time to shoot for the moon. Do not forget that particular person you have been enthusiastic about like Day three of freshman 12 months and also you by no means made the play, choose up the telephone. Let’s go.”
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