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Seattle Growth Podcast: Impact of a Sonics Return - Episode 7

Lenny Wilkens’ contributions and more on how Sonics have and will help Seattle residents in need

Jeff Shulman (Seattle Growth Podcast)
Seattle Growth Podcast

Need to learn more about the various issues surrounding the efforts to build a new arena and return the SuperSonics franchise to Seattle and the NBA? A great new resource has you covered.

Jeff Shulman, associate professor in marketing at UW’s Foster School of Business, hosts a critically-acclaimed podcast exploring and discussing the economic and population growth of the city of Seattle. In its second season, the Seattle Growth Podcast will tackle the impact of a potential return of the Sonics on the city.

Shulman hopes to offer perspective on the team’s and arena’s effects on real estate, traffic, taxes, employment, and the overall community. He’ll be speaking in-depth with residents, business owners, academic experts, city leaders & officials, as well as former Sonics players and owners to help inform the discussion.

We’re happy to present each episode as they become available.

Episode 7: Sonics, Lenny Wilkens, & Seattle Residents in Need

The seventh episode continues the exploration of how the Sonics organization and the players as citizens can and have contributed to the community and residents of the city in need.

The focus is on Lenny Wilkens and the Lenny Wilkens Foundation for Children. Featured guests are:

  • Hall of Fame Sonics player and coach Lenny Wilkens on his upbringing and motivation to help the community
  • Dr. Ben Danielson of Odessa Brown Clinic on Wilkens’ effect on his life and the lives of children he serves

Also, Professor Shulman asks listeners to “Live Like Lenny” and share how they contribute to others and the community, as well as how role models like Wilkens have a positive effect on the city.

Explore more from Episode 7: Sonics, Lenny Wilkens, & Seattle Residents in Need here.