IMAG7656 Luke Willson hard at work - 23 Oct 2013 6th and Union StarbucksThe Starbucks on the corner of 6th and Union in downtown Seattle had a very special guest barista today: Seahawks player Luke Willson (#82) spent an hour at the drink hand-off plane, working hard to bring smiles to customers’ faces!  And I watched, and everyone left with a huge smile on their face.  The Seahawks football player was one of 8 players participating in this event to raise awareness and donations for the non-profit A Better Seattle, created by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.  The Seahawks players were spread out in a variety of Starbucks stores all over Seattle (and nearby Renton as well), and all worked for a full hour, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today (October 23, 2013).  The official Seahawks article on this event is here.

I dropped by the 6th and Union Starbucks right at 3:00 p.m. today, and pretty much had a blast watching all the smiles, and surprised faces to get a drink from a Seahawks player.  It was clear that some customers just dropped by to get a drink and wasn’t expecting a football player to be handing them their drink!

Every drink came with a sleeve personally autographed by Luke Willson!

Here’s mine:

IMAG7635 Autographed sleeve - Luke Willson - 23 October 2013

As Luke handed off drinks, store manager Chanel (on the right) was always nearby.  Sarah and Chanel nearly look like ready bodyguards for Luke!

Luke Willson - Seattle Seahawks - Starbucks - 23 Oct 2013 - With Chanel and Sarah

At the end of it all, the store’s team got a group photo with Luke Willson:

IMAG7665 Starbucks team at 6th and Union with Seahawks player Luke Willson - 23Oct2013

Two of the store’s partners ended up with their shirts specially autographed for them.  (On the right is store manager, Chanel).  They both look very happy!

IMAG7675 Autographed shirts - Luke Willson - Starbucks - 23 October 2013

The store’s ASM, Jason, got a photo with Luke too:

IMAG7669 Jason Luke Willson Chanel 23 October 2013

At one point, a shift supervisor from the nearby Fourth and Union Starbucks dropped by, while on a break.  Aaron told me that he’s a huge Seahawks fan, and so I had the chance to snap a posed shot of Luke Willson with Aaron.  I think this made Aaron’s day too!

IMAG7638 Aaron and Luke Willson - 23 October 2013 6th and Union StarbucksThe hour went by super fast.  It was such a unique event, that I definitely wanted to share it with you.  I can only imagine the total surprise when an unsuspecting customer gets a beverage from a dreamy football player in a green apron.

Last but not least, one more pic of Luke Willson in his green apron:

IMAG7670 Luke Willson - 6th and Union Starbucks 23 Oct 2013

Very cool.