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Ciara and Her Husband Russell Wilson Donate $1.75m to a Charter School in Washington

Olawale Ogunjimi
Oct 31, 2020
05:00 P.M.

Award-winning singer Ciara Wilson and her husband Russell Wilson showed their support for a Washington charter school with a $1.75m donation.


Power couple, Ciara and Russell Wilson are giving back to society in more ways than one. Their latest philanthropic feat was the voluntary donation to a Washington State charter school.

Wilson, who plays quarterback for the NFL Seattle Seahawks, joined his wife, Ciara, as they contributed $1.75m to rebrand the Cascade Midway Academy.

Russell Wilson and Ciara attend the Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses launch on February 1, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Russell Wilson and Ciara attend the Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses launch on February 1, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

The Seattle-based Academy is an existing charter program and therefore suffers the dilapidating challenges affecting the Washington charter sector. The founders reached out to the couple to facilitate the school's revival.

Ciara and Wilson, through their Why Not You Foundation, embraced the opportunity wholeheartedly. To honor the pair's charitable input, Garth Reeves and Scott Canfield, the Cascade Academy founders named the debuting high school after the couple's foundation. Speaking on the development, Ciara said:


"I'm really confident about the team that we have here and how we're building things out. We're passionate about everything. We're all in on this."


The Why Not You Academy would resume activities in the fall of 2021. Reeves and Canfield initially planned the Academy's debut at the beginning of the year. However, running into financial difficulties amid the coronavirus pandemic put it on hold.

It also prompted their decision to seek help from the Why Not You pioneers, which turned out to be a welcome step. The public high school would offer access to quality education to under-served students.

Ciara and Wilson donated about a million meals to Food Lifeline, a local food bank in Seattle, in March.


As residents of the South Seattle neighborhood, Wilson and Ciara undersand the challenges plaguing the local communities. In a statement, the couple identified access to good education as the most pressing of these challenges.

Establishing their charitable foundation was a means of empowering the younger generation and helping them find hope. During an interview in April, Wilson explained the importance of charity to him and his wife, saying:

"I think for us, to just try to find a way to make a little bit of a difference has been important to us and heavy on our hearts."


This is not the first time the power couple would put smiles on faces with their generous contributions. Earlier this year, the lovebirds gave hope to millions of Americans amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Ciara and Wilson donated about a million meals to Food Lifeline, a local food bank in Seattle, in March. The meals, intended to aid the relief efforts during the pandemic, helped several residents survive the crisis.

The two announced the donation via a post on social media, explaining the implications of the pandemic on America and the world. They also urged others to join in making a difference and help save millions more.

The Russells' philanthropic ventures have indeed touched many lives around their neighborhood and beyond, giving millions a ray of hope in these dark times.

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