Bob Whitsitt of NBA, Seahawks fame to highlight April 24 luncheon

Bob Whitsitt

Bob Whitsitt, once named the most influential figure in Northwest professional sports, will speak at an April 24 lunch sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Organizers promise “a no-holds barred look at how professional sports really work” and a chance for guests to bid on a round of golf with Whitsitt.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Useless Bay Country Club in Langley. Proceeds will benefit the Trudy J. Sundberg Memorial Lecture Series. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at or by contacting Marshall Goldberg at (360) 675-5888 or
Whitsitt was deemed “most influential” by Washington CEO Magazine. He spent 17 seasons as an NBA president and general manager, building teams in Seattle and Portland that made the playoffs sixteen times. As president of the Seattle Seahawks from 1997 through early 2005, he negotiated the acquisition of the team for Paul Allen, and led a successful statewide referendum that secured $300 million in public funding for what is now known as CenturyLink Field.

The annual Trudy J. Sundberg Lecture Series will honor a public school teacher who had a passion for literature, ideas, and civic engagement. Sundberg was known as an activist and innovator whose causes included the Whidbey Island Democratic Club, League of Women Voters, and Whidbey Camano Land Trust. She was founder of the Save Our Kids Crusade anti-violence coalition and numerous book clubs. She died in 2013.

Those unable to attend the luncheon but wishing to donate may do so by visiting and selecting "Trudy J. Sundberg Memorial Lecture Series" under the donation options menu.