Seattle landmarks, sports teams wear orange to support gun violence awareness – KIRO 7 News Seattle

SEATTLE — Seattle landmarks and sports teams are wearing orange this weekend in support of national gun violence awareness.

The Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center and the city’s three main sports stadiums are all lit up in an orange hue in recognition of Wear Orange Weekend. The “Wear Orange” campaign signifies National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which takes place on the first weekend of June each year.

The tradition began in 2015 in honor of a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed at a Chicago playground.

The recent mass shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York, which have claimed dozens of lives in recent weeks, have reshaped the national gun control debate in the United States.

Last weekend, four of Seattle’s professional sports teams showed solidarity by highlighting the End Gun Violence movement.

The Seattle Mariners announced that the team will wear orange and maroon t-shirts in honor of Robb Elementary School during batting practice before their game with the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

“The Mariners believe in continuing to raise awareness about gun violence and using our platform to make an impact by supporting organizations like OFSVP,” said Catie Griggs, president of business operations for the Seattle Mariners.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks changed their social media avatars to an orange “End Gun Violence” graphic as Lumen Field lit up SoDo in an orange hue.

The Seattle Storm dedicated its Friday night home game at Climate Pledge Arena to the Wear Orange movement.

Seattle Sounders FC held a special one-day auction to benefit the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation.

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