When it comes to the Seahawks, Michael Bennett has been open about wanting to be paid his worth. But, when it comes to the kids of Hawaii, the Pro Bowl Defensive MVP has promised to never ask for a dime.
The Seahawks defensive end held a football camp on Saturday that included fellow NFL players Manti Teo, Wallace Gilberry, O'Brien Schofield, that was open to all keiki between 7-18 entirely free of charge.
"For me, [this event] is a dream come true," said Bennett. "When I first came to Hawaii and to see all these kids come here.. is just crazy. But, this is what Hawaii needs, is just a lot of athletes that came from here, that's been here, to show these kids the way. I think it's super important that we remember where we come from and what we've been through and to really share our stories so these kids can have something to look up to."
But, it wasn't just local athletes that came to motivate camp goers. Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll stopped by to talk to those in attendance about working hard and teamwork.
"I've been looking forward to hitting the timing right to whenever I would be able to help Mike," said Carroll. "This one, my wife and I saw that the camp was coming up today... and so we kind of reached out at the same time and just said 'hey is it alright if I come out' and he was kind of figuring out whether I would be able to do that... I would go anywhere to help him. Obviously if that means coming all the way here if that's what it takes to be here. So, I love doing it."
Saturday's event is the largest single day event held by the Bennett Foundation here in Hawaii to date.
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