Mack Strong, Zoë Higheagle-Strong named Washingtonians of the Year

September 12, 2011

By Staff

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NEW — 2:20 p.m., Sept. 12, 2011

Retired Seahawks fullback Mack Strong and Executive Director of HOPE worldwide – Washington Zoë Higheagle-Strong will be honored as recipients of the Association of Washington Generals’ annual Washingtonian of the Year award.

Lt. Governor Brad Owen will emcee the Sept. 17 event at Seahawks headquarters to celebrate the couple’s accomplishments.

Strong and Higheagle-Strong are residents of Newcastle.

The reception will start at 5 p.m. at the Seahawks Headquarters/Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. Along with featuring the Washingtonian of the Year and highlights of AWG projects, the event will include tours of the VMAC, Blue Thunder Drum Line, Sea Gals, refreshments and a barbecue.

The Washingtonian of the Year Award is given annually to people who have demonstrated leadership, selflessness, generosity and compassion in their service to others.

In addition to his career as a standout fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, Strong founded a sports and leadership camp that serves Native American youth. Higheagle-Strong is the executive director of the Washington chapter of HOPE worldwide, an international charity organization, and is also involved with the youth camp.

For the past eight years, the couple has helped raise funds for Childhaven, a nonprofit organization committed to stop the cycle of abuse and neglect of children.

The Association of Washington Generals is a state-chartered service organization that recognizes outstanding contributions of individuals in the state of Washington. Established 40 years ago, the AWG is affiliated by statute with the Office of Lt. Governor.

The organization honored another football great, longtime PLU football coach Frosty Westering in 2010.

Past recipients of the award have included the Honorary Consul of Spain for Washington Luis Fernando Esteban,Bill and Melinda Gates, Paul Allen, Priscilla Bullitt Collins and Don James.

Learn more by going to the Association of Washington Generals website at or send an email to

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