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Energized by the outpouring of support from the St. Bonaventure University community, Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats was named the NFL’s United Way Super Recruiter Sunday before the Super Bowl in New York.
Moats, who will speak this Saturday at St. Bonaventure on the importance of volunteerism, won $10,000 for the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.
In the fall, Moats said if 2,000 members of the university community would pledge to volunteer in their communities, he would come to campus. More than 2,000 people did, in just 10 days.
Moats will speak about “The Heart of the NFL” at 2 p.m. Saturday in Swan 209. He’ll be joined by St. Bonaventure alumnus Dan McCarthy, ’10, ’12, the community outreach development coordinator for the Bills.
Moats’ and McCarthy’s talk counts as one of the four plenary options (out of eight) that seniors are required to attend, although the talk is not limited to seniors.
Alumni attending Homecoming Weekend are also welcome to attend.
TEAM MOATS credited much of their success to the Bonaventure community, especially senior Simone Bernstein, TEAM NFL student representative, who collaborated with Moats to kick start the St. Bonaventure volunteer drive.
In all, Moats recruited 7,932 volunteers who pledged to give back in their communities.
United Way TEAM NFL is a core group of college-educated, civic-minded NFL players committed to helping United Way to cut the high school dropout rate in half by 2018. Each TEAM NFL player was charged with recruiting 3,000 volunteers.
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