What do Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Russell Wilson have in common?
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has been named as one of ‘Earth’s Mightiest Athletes’ by Marvel.
The initiative is a collection of athletes that embody positive characteristics similar to the Marvel heroes, like Captain America, the shirt Wilson is wearing.
“Captain America possesses the same never-give-up spirit that I aspire to achieve every day, especially when it comes to helping kids,” said Russell Wilson. “It’s very cool to be viewed on the same level as such an iconic hero, and very special to get to celebrate Father’s Day with some of the world’s most inspiring young people at The Happiest Place On Earth.”
Wilson is the Captain America of the team because he exhibits qualities similar to him, from his agility, strength, and courage for assisting those in need.
On Father’s Day, Wilson and a group of Los Angeles-based kids he’s worked with through his ‘Why Not You Foundation,’ plus youth from ‘Friends of The Children,’ spent the day at Disneyland Resort.
In addition to his foundation, which is dedicated to fighting poverty through education and empowering youth to lead, Wilson has helped donate more than $9 million for people's battle against cancer.
“Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers, have shown us time and again that when we refuse to give up, we can conquer any challenge,” said Ken Potrock, president, Disneyland Resort. “Russell exemplifies excellence on the football field, but the work he has done to support at-risk youth and their communities creates a lasting legacy just like Captain America. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate his outstanding achievement than a visit to Avengers Campus, our destination for all heroes.”
Wilson and the team of ‘Earth’s Mightiest Athletes’ will be honored at the Sports Humanitarian Awards on July 12 in New York.