Donation challenge inspired by Lincoln's Kitna

Staff writerDecember 27, 2013 

Tacoma City Councilman Marty Campbell is at it again, this time with a challenge inspired by Jon Kitna’s pledge to donate his $53,000 NFL salary to Lincoln High School.

Campbell pledged Thursday night to donate $100 to Lincoln High, and another $100 for every touchdown the Dallas Cowboys score while Kitna is quarterback. He then issued a challenge to others on his Facebook page  to follow suit.

”He is going to be the backup QB and some say it is unlikely he will play. Just as unlikely as him EVER putting on a NFL uniform after retiring three years ago,” Campbell wrote.

Shortly after, several others jumped in to make pledges, including Tacoma School Board member Catherine Ushka and Tacoma City Councilman select Joe Lopez.

The Dallas Cowboys signed Kitna, a math teacher and coach at Lincoln, who will donate his $53,000 NFL salary as a backup quarterback.

Within a few hours, Campbell said he had $500 in commitments whether Kitna takes the field or not. Several pledged money only if Kitna is playing when the team scores a touchdown. Campbell expects to garner more support for the challenge. After all, the day is young. Campbell said he also admired Kitna’s determination.

“He kept his mind and body always prepared and an opportunity came and he seized it,” Campbell said. “I’d love to see us raise $47,000 and make it an even $100,000 for the school.”

Campbell is a chess coach at Lincoln High School. Earlier this year, Campbell issued another creative challenge when he asked anyone on the Seattle City Council to play a game of chess with him. Council President Sally Clark turned him down because she didn’t think anyone else on the council played chess.

EDIT: Campbell has also started a website to raise donations at

Kate Martin: 253-597-8542
@KateReports, Facebook

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