A group of recovering addicts is preparing to climb Mount Rainier and recently they got a hand with their training from a Seattle Seahawk.
The group is Union Gospel Mission’s ‘Team Mission." Their Seahawk helper is first-year linebacker Terence Garvin.
“I’m going to put them through the calisthenics, so we’re going to do like jumping jacks. I’m going to teach them how to stretch. I’m basically going to put them through the warm up that we do with the Seahawks,” Garvin said.
One of the athletes he helped is Tom Hunsaker. Hunsaker grew up in Western Washington and for years has battled addiction.
“I struggle with depression and anxiety, and I just end up going back to the drugs and alcohol every time, so I’m just here to get a firmer grip on consistency in life and just find a purpose,” Hunsaker said. “I’m just hoping to get back on track and stay on track is the objective.”
Hunsaker said the climb will help him focus on something big, which helps distract him from his ongoing struggles with addiction.
“I just want to get more sobriety under my belt, a couple years, which I haven’t had since I was 12 years old,” Hunsaker added.
Garvin said helping these people stay sober is a cause he really believes in.
“My dad he used to do, he had pain pills that he was on and you know pain pills can get addictive too so I understand how that can get,” Garvin said. “I think this is a cool event. I’m really into helping people, and this is something I feel important about.”
For more information about ‘Team Mission," you can go to this website.