Emma Croston Development Director, CCFA Northwest 425-451-8455  

Francie Fitzpatrick Director, Cascadia Content 206-450-9871

Seattleites To Tackle Crohn’s and Colitis
at Charity Event on Seahawks’ Home Turf

Participants invited to #Play4CCFA, raise money for research
at Sept. 10 flag football tournament at CenturyLink Field

BELLEVUE, Wash (Aug. 24, 2016) – The Northwest chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America invites members of the community to participate in its third annual Flag Football Tournament, presented by Point Inside, Sept. 10, 2016 at CenturyLink Field.  

A total of 24 teams — each made up of seven to 14 players  — will get the chance to play on the Seattle Seahawks’ home field the day before the season home opener. Teams will vie for the championship title and prizes, each fundraising in support of the 1.6 million Americans affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

“This is by far the most fun charity event I’ve been a part of,” says Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, who has participated in the event since its inception. McCready found out he had Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis when he was in his early 20s.

“People don’t usually like to talk about these diseases. This needs to change and this event is a big step towards that.”

This year’s tournament will once again feature some local and national celebrities, with one major change. They will actually compete in the tournament with a team of their own!  Q13’s Bill Wixie, 710 ESPN Radio’s Bob Stelton, Root Sports’ Brad Adam, and many others will try and dethrone Team Pearl Jam, which has featured ESPN’s Kenny Mayne and Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, as back to back tournament Champs.

"CCFA's Flag Football Tournament is a unique charity event unlike any other in Seattle,” says Jennifer O’Connor, area executive director of CCFA Northwest. “For any 12, the chance to score touchdowns on the same field as the Seahawks is an incredible experience. The event is also a great way to raise vital funds for disease research and patient support programs."

Money raised at this year’s event will go towards research into Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as well as patient education programs and support services, including sponsorships to Camp Oasis, a summer camp for children affected by Crohn’s and colitis.

“Our employees said it was one of the best company-sponsored events they’ve ever attended,” says Josh Marti, co-founder and CEO of Point Inside, presenting sponsor for the 2016 tournament. “Not only do our staff get the chance to play on CenturyLink Field, but they also enjoy supporting an important cause in our community.”

Teams raise at least $3,500 each ($5,000 for corporate-sponsored teams) and can register in either the competitive or recreational division. Any participants who want to take part but are without a team can register as individuals on the Free Agent team. Members of the community can attend the event, which will also feature a raffle and silent auction, for free.

Learn more about the 2016 CCFA Flag Football Tournament at

About CCFA The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America is the largest voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. CCFA’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

The Northwest Chapter of CCFA is based in Bellevue, Washington and supports patients and caregivers living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Learn more about the organization at

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