Pearl Jam’s Guitarist Organizes Flag Football Tournament at CenturyLink Field for CCFA

Pearl Jam’s Guitarist Organizes Flag Football Tournament at CenturyLink Field for CCFA
The lead guitarist of the rock band Pearl Jam, Mike McCready, has joined forces with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America to organize a flag football tournament in Seattle, the home of the Seahawks, to help raise awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The 48-year-old guitarist has been diagnosed with Crohn's disease himself, and has remained dedicated to projects related to advocating for research and awareness of the disease. The inaugural flag football tournament will take place on Sunday, September 7th at Seattle's CenturyLink Field and is open to the public. Each team will compete in 25-minute, 7-on-7 matches, divided into competitive or recreational divisions. Each squad will play at least three games. The event will also include a celebrity football game, in which stars such as Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Alice in Chains' lead guitarist Jerry Cantrell, former Seattle SuperSonics point guard and head coach Lenny Wilkins, ESPN's Kenny Mayne, former Seahawks Lawyer Milloy, Craig Terrill, Joe Tafoya, Kerry Carter, and John Moffitt will play. "The excitement of the Super Bowl and how our city rallied around the Seahawks was awesome," McCready said about the team's 2013 performance. "I haven't seen anything like it since the Sonics won the championship in '79, and to a certain extent in 1995 when the Mariners went on their amazing run. But the idea of playing football on CenturyLink Field -- the same field the Super Bowl Champ Seahawks get to play on -- is amazing!" The guitarist has been involved in events dedicated to raising awareness about IBD after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease 27 years ago. "I first got sick in th
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