Hollins University soccer coach Landon Moore is one of seven winners from around the country of the 2014 National Student-Athlete Day Giant Steps Award, presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS).
The Giant Steps Award is given to individuals who have overcome adversity while still succeeding in life, who use sport as a vehicle for positive social change, who break down barriers to provide opportunities for those who follow them, and who inspire people to do great things using the positive aspects of sport.
The NCAS is recognizing Moore for his civic leadership. He is the founder and director of Roanoke’s Star City Soccer Foundation (SCSF), a nonprofit organization that provides refugees and immigrants with opportunities in education, leadership, and assimilation. SCSF aimes to help refugee and immigrant students overcome the challenges associated with the transition to to a new culture so that they will become self-sufficient and valuable contributors to the local community.
Other honorees this year include the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and former National Basketball Association star Wayne Embry, who went on to become the NBA’s first African American general manager, team president, and chief operating officer.
The mission of the NCAS is to use the power of sport to effect positive social change. The organization is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals and organizations by inspiring values-based thinking, which in turn will lead to actions that promote social responsibility and equality.
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