When Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright visited Kenya last year, he didn’t know a return trip would take place only one year later.
After seeing a young girl in Maasai Mara carrying dirty drinking water while on vacation last year, Wright decided to partner with Healing Hands International to get two clean-water wells built in the village. Between the $25,000 donation Wright received for being named the Seahawks’ 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee, his own donations, and money donated by fans and local businesses, Wright was able to raise more than $75,000, which will pay for two wells with some money left over to provide future help in the area.
“It just hit my heart,” Wright said of his last visit to Kenya. “I’m always trying to help people whenever I can, and I just learned about a situation I had no idea about, and it just touched me to do something.”
Wright will be accompanied on the trip by his wife, Natalie, and a large group of family and friends that includes former Seahawks Mike Morgan and Tye Smith, as well as former NFL running back Vick Ballard, a teammate of Wright’s at Mississippi State.
“You just watch and learn from the older guys,” Wright said. “I was looking at Cliff (Avril) doing his thing in Haiti. I saw Breno (Giacomini) and Marshawn (Lynch) go to Egypt, and I was like, man this is cool stuff… That’s always been a goal of mine to be that guy in the community that everyone can look up to so I can help show my brothers that we can do a lot in the community and help people around us.”