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Deion Branch tournament this weekend

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Seahawks’ Deion Branch hosts flag football tournament this weekend

Seattle,WA-Want a chance to play football at Qwest Field? Seattle Seahawks player Deion Butler to host a flag football tournament this weekend to raise money for the Deion Branch Foundation.

He will be joined by his Seahawk players like Ben Obomanu, TJ Houshmandzadeh, Golden Tate, John Carlson, Mike Williams, Reggie Williams and former head coach Jim Mora and other friends as they watch teams compete. Teams can sign up for either of two skill levels: Statdog (competitive) or Underdog (recreational). There are also two divisions, Men’s and Co-Ed. The tournament is limited to 60 teams.

The games start at 10 a.m. and run through 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Seahawks will be at Jillian’s Billiard Club in Seattle for a MVP party and silent auction.

Cost for the flag football event is $475.00 per team of 12 players. Teams are guaranteed a two first day games minimum, with one game at Qwest Field and one game at Roosevelt High School. The top teams in each division will play again on Sunday at Seattle Center's Memorial Stadium for the championship on Sunday. The team registration fee also includes twelve tickets into the MVP party.

Don’t play flag football? Tickets can be purchased just for the MVP party. The cost is $50 per person for the standard party ticket or $100 per person for a VIP party ticket. The event will be open too the public from 9 p.m. to midnight. All proceeds to benefit the Deion Branch Foundation.

The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children's mental, physical, and emotional well-being by assisting programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life.

Branch established his foundation in 2002 after his son Deiondre was diagnosed with meningitis. The organization helps support finding a cure for meningitis. Branch’s son remains partially paralyzed after contracting meningitis as an infant.

"I am very fortunate to be in a position to do this to honor my 7-year-old son who is my strength. People tend to look at pro athletes as heroes, but to me, the heroes are Drs. Lakshmi Rajogopal and Amanda Jones, and the research staff at Children's who are working to prevent this terrible disease," Branch said.

To register and get more details, including a full list of players scheduled to appear at the event, online at the Deion Branch Football Classic.

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