Newcastle couple named Washingtonians of the Year

October 9, 2011

By Staff

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Retired Seahawks fullback Mack Strong and the executive director of HOPE worldwide Washington, Zoë Higheagle-Strong, were honored as recipients of the Association of Washington Generals’ annual “Washingtonian of the Year” award.

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

The award recipients are residents of Newcastle.

The reception was held 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 included tours of the center, performances by the Blue Thunder Drum Line and the 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 American Indian 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 lieutenant governor’s office.

The organization honored another football great, longtime Pacific Lutheran University 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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