Company pledges to triple Cliff Avril’s sack donations to Haiti

Nov 3, 2016, 4:42 PM
Cliff Avril...
Every sack Cliff Avril makes at CenturyLink Field will now pay for three houses in Haiti. (AP)

Cliff Avril’s sacks at CenturyLink Field will still only count once, but from here on out they will be worth triple to the people of Haiti.

The Seahawks defensive end has pledged to build a new home in Haiti for every sack he makes this season through the New Story charity. And Seth Levine, co-founder of venture firm Foundry Group, announced on Oct. 27 that he raised commitments to more than double the donations for every sack Avril makes during each of the Seahawks’ five remaining home games. That means three homes will be built every time Avril tears down an opposing QB.

Each home costs about $6,000 to build is to be equipped to handle the tumultuous weather that has decimated the country. Avril .

Avril, who is tied for third in the NFL with 7.5 sacks this season and was named the NFC’s defensive player of the month on Thursday, spoke about the matching funds during a press conference Thursday.

“We have companies now that have gotten involved where, now not only is it every time I get a sack, but there is a company that’s matching it for two, so there is three homes going up for every sack,” he said. “So it’s cool to be able to use your platform to be able to help so many other people and that’s what I want to continue to keep doing.”

Avril previously set up a fundraiser on Razoo to help support victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Avril set a $10,000 goal that he said will provide more than 33,000 meals, 50,000 water units and serve 5,000 patients. More than $6,200 had been raised as of Thursday afternoon.

Avril, whose parents are Haitian, celebrated the opening of a new schoolhouse in the country this offseason and said Thursday he plans to check on the building and the location where the homes will be built early next year.

“Hopefully around April or May time is when these home will be finished and people will be moving in and I want to be a part of that process as well,” he said.

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Noah Fant Geno Smith...
Brent Stecker

Seahawks Breakdown: Which players can still be unlocked on offense?

The Seahawks are flying high on offense, but there are actually more players they can unlock on offense, according to former NFL wide receiver Michael Bumpus.
1 day ago
Seahawks Lions...
The Associated Press

Seahawks cooking on offense but getting burned on defense

While the Geno Smith-led Seahawks rolled up 555 yards, the third most in franchise history, the defense allowed 520 yards to a depleted Detroit offense.
2 days ago
Seahawks Coby Bryant...
Brandon Gustafson

Bump: Seahawks’ struggling D has bright spots in rookies Bryant, Woolen

Despite a down game from the defense, two Seahawks rookies stepped up with big plays against the Lions in the 48-45 win.
3 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brandon Gustafson

Carroll: How Geno, Waldron had Seahawks’ offense ‘ripping’ vs Lions

After the Seahawks' 48-45 win over the Lions, Pete Carroll hit the Seattle Sports airwaves to discuss his offense, especially Geno Smith.
3 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Stacy Rost

Rost: Seahawks’ struggles on D aren’t surprising, but offense masking that is

That the Seahawks' D has struggled isn’t news. That the offense has been good enough to distract everyone from that is a surprise, though.
3 days ago
Seahawks... Staff

Seahawks Instant Reaction: Seattle Sports on 48-45 win over Lions

The voices of Seattle Sports weigh in on the Seahawks' 48-45 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday in Week 4 of the NFL season.
4 days ago
Company pledges to triple Cliff Avril’s sack donations to Haiti