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Get to Know: Nat Moore, Senior VP of Special Projects, Miami Dolphins

Get to Know: Nat Moore, Senior VP of Special Projects, Miami Dolphins
Get to Know: Nat Moore, Senior VP of Special Projects, Miami Dolphins
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Q: How does it feel to be named the 2013 Citizen of the Year by Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club?
A: It is an honor anytime someone acknowledges the things you do and the way you try to make a difference.

Q: You were named NFL “Man of the Year” in 1984, awarded the Byron White Humanitarian Award in 1986 and named one of Miami’s Living Legends by Miami Today in 2013. Why is serving the community so important?
A: The South Florida community has given me so much. I grew up here. The people in South Florida gave me the opportunity to go to college and be successful. Now I try to provide that for others.

Q: In 1998, you started the Nat Moore Foundation. Tell us about it.
A: Our mission is to “Help Kids Help Themselves,” and we feel that if we can help kids reach their dreams, South Florida will be a better place. Since 1998, we have given away more than $2 million. More than 80 kids have received college scholarships.

Q: You had an amazing career with the Miami Dolphins for 13 years, including two Super Bowls and a Pro Bowl. Why were you so successful?
A: TEAM. Being a team player and caring about the team are things you learn when playing for Coach Don Shula. Under his direction, we learned to sacrifice our personal goals and wishes for the bigger team goal.

Q: What life lesson would you like to share?
A: Nothing beats hard work, dedication and perseverance. You have to believe in yourself and what you are doing to be successful.

Q: What advice do you have for young athletes?
A: First and foremost — save your money. Too many young athletes don’t realize that in a short time, the money will come to an end. If athletes plan correctly, they can have a nest egg to start their next career. Also, remember you will meet the same people on the way up as on the way down. The way you treat people will make a difference.

Q: Upcoming ventures?

• The Strokes Fore Scholarships Golf Tournament is Oct. 13, with a Celebrity Draw Party Oct. 12. It will provide scholarships to extraordinary Palm Beach County high school seniors.

• The Nat Moore Florida Golf Classic is March 17, with a Celebrity Party and Silent Auction March 15. Funds raised will help students attain higher education and provide support services to children and youth.

•The Steps 2 Scholarships 5k Run/Walk was introduced this April, and it also raises funds for college scholarships.


Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: I raised five kids who all graduated from college and continue to live successful lives.

Q: What is your favorite place to dine/shop/visit in Miami?
A: I enjoy dining at Joes Stone Crab and playing golf at Trump Doral & Turnberry Isle.

Q: Where is your favorite travel destination?
A: Maui, Hawaii or Seminole Hard Rock in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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