Ciara and Russell Wilson Officially Open the Why Not You Academy

Back in October 2020, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, singer Ciara Wilson, along with the Why Not You Foundation, announced the official launch of its first-ever Why Not You Academy in the state of Washington.

Now, according to an Instagram post by Wilson, the school is finally ready to open.

“WHY NOT YOU ACADEMY is here!” he wrote. “We dreamed & talked about opening a school together the first day we met! We are blessed to say it’s officially here. To be able to help kids dreams come true is such a blessing. @ciara @wnyacademy #WhyNotYou


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The academy plans to officially open to students in Fall 2021. The new high school is a partnership between authorized charter public school leaders Garth Reeves and Scott Canfield and the Why Not You Foundation. The charter public school, which plans on being tuition-free, will operate in full accordance with the Washington state charter school law.

The celebrity couple explained the reason behind the Why Not You Academy on its website:

“We’ve always held the belief that life’s successes start with a good education, but recognize that access isn’t always created equally for all. The Why Not You Foundation was created with the concept of empowering youth to lead with a why not you attitude and that’s why it was important for our foundation to partner with Scott, Garth, and Cascade Public Schools to help open doors for kids from less fortunate backgrounds. This school is a longtime dream of ours and it was important for us to find a way to combine traditional classroom learning with community and mentorship-based activities, in order to prepare kids for the real world. Why Not You is based on the idea that it can start with one and our hope is that this school will be the first of many.”

— Russell Wilson and Ciara


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