On April 9 the 2014 We Day tour came to an end in Ottawa, Canada. Months of screaming, motivated youth; celebrity speakers and performers; and thousands of volunteer hours will finally power down. I’ve written about We Day and Me to We before, but since attending We Day in Seattle, I feel much more connected to, inspired by and even more eager to share the We Day experience.
The Seattle We Day was incredible. Seriously. 15,000 kids who earned their tickets through volunteer hours all gathered to celebrate their achievements and get motivated to create more global change in the future. Some kids were 5 years old, a lot of kids were 18, but no matter what their age they rallied and cheered for the same universal goal: to create a better world.
The day before the event, I got to take a backstage tour of the arena. I even got up on stage and met Marc Kielburger, one of the founders of the organization. It was so cool to see the arena from the speakers’ and celebrities’ view, to stand with Marc on the same place he’d give his impassioned speech the next afternoon. Meeting both Marc and Craig Kielburger was fantastic—they are both so committed to their cause and willing to engage their supporters.
The greatest part of any We Day is hearing the accomplished and inspiring speakers. In Seattle, National Geographic’s “Explorer in Residence” told about the importance of having a broad mind, Martin Luther King III told the crowd to carry on his father’s legacy and Joe Jonas was beautiful as ever while talking about the influence of young people. One of my favorite parts of We Day Seattle (there were so many!) was hearing Edward Norton speak about his organization. He basically just told the crowd how awesome we all were, how we were “cooler than any movie star, sports god and rockstar!” And he was amazingly down to earth and relatable.
Since we were in Seattle, of course the Seahawks showed up. Being underdogs and misfits who worked their way to world champion status, they were perfect guests for We Day. Derrick Coleman, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson and Jermaine Kearse shared advice about how to work for greatness and give back to your community. I think I cried for all of England when Russell hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. Or actually I may have just disintegrated completely.
There’s something about We Day that is more powerful, enlightening and inspiring than any event I’ve attended or book I’ve read. Thousands of people come together and celebrate their mutual desire for a better world. If you have the opportunity to attend We Day next year, I urge you to go! The powerful messages from one afternoon will continue to inspire you for months and years to follow.
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