Renton, Wash. means a lot to Doug Baldwin. It’s a place that welcomed the wide receiver as his NFL journey began in Seattle seven years ago, and it’s the city where Baldwin is now helping build a new community center.
We interviewed Baldwin at a special live recording of the GeekWire podcast in Renton — part of our GeekWire on the Road project — where the Seahawks star talked about his work in Renton, life after football, his tech investing, the role athletes have in engaging with the community to take on societal challenges and issues, and those amazing touchdown celebrations.
Baldwin, a Stanford graduate and self-proclaimed nerd who helped the Seahawks win a Super Bowl in 2013, has teamed up with the City of Renton to build the Family First Community Center, “a recreational facility in the city of Renton to enhance the stability of the community by helping families achieve goals in education, fitness and overall health,” according to the center’s website.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection and Stanford grad knows how important a community center can be to kids. He grew up in Pensacola, Fla., and credits a similar center there for helping him get to where he is today. He’s donated $1 million of his own money for the Family First Community Center.
Continue reading for the full Q&A, edited for clarity and length. Listen to our conversation in the player below or watch it in the video above.
Taylor Soper: I want to go in the past a little bit, to 2011. You’ve just arrived in Seattle, specifically here in Renton. Tell us about the teriyaki joint you and Richard Sherman went to, and how that kind of started your experience here in Renton.
Doug Baldwin: So those who have been around Renton for a very long …read more