The Mission Behind the Name - Moore Family Field
speech given by Daniella Moore Close, March 18, 2017
to watch a recording of Daniella's speech.
Good afternoon leaders, families, friends, and neighbors of Norfolk Christian School. Thank you for taking time out of your day on a Saturday to celebrate the dedication of this awesome, state of the art athletic field. As you’ve already heard, this field is the only one of its kind in the Hampton Roads area and one of the safest artificial turf fields in the country.
My family and I are very excited about the prospect of playing and watching many years of sports on this field. Let me share with you a little about why we chose to support NCS with a gift to name this field. My grandfather, William Moore, came from very humble beginnings and established his work ethic and the foundation for athletic achievement during his college years at Georgia Tech in the 1930s. He passed that on to my father who then passed it on to my five siblings and me during our formative years. Because of these many lessons, we the Moore Family are committed to - and value - the education and development of the whole person. We take a holistic approach in our children’s education and supporting them in their growth across the developmental domains, which includes: social, emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and academics. We are committed to equipping them with the skills needed to help them navigate the Real World vs. First World challenges they will encounter in their daily lives. In short, we take seriously the mission that is reflected here at Norfolk Christian school: "to educate the body as well as the mind and spirit”.
This commitment has led several generations of the Moore Family to contribute to further sports and athletics at several institutions because we believe our students learn so many real life skills on the playing field that set them up for college and career success: skills such as teamwork, winning, losing, persevering, strategic planning, implementation, communication, problem solving, and collaboration--all essential in the development of a well-rounded individual. Research also suggests, “sports have been able to break down racial and economic barriers in ways that few other things have.” Billy Graham once stated, “One coach will have more impact on a team in one season, than a regular person will have in a whole life time.” At the end of the day, my hope is to see our students go on to lead authentically purposeful, successful lives and contribute to their communities in meaningful ways as they work in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, practicing medicine, or law, as administrators, educators, or clergy. It is our hope that this field will further our tradition of fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where coaches, teachers, families, and students work together to achieve meaningful individual and group outcomes, and empower our students to have the leadership skills that will enable them to be successful and thereby contribute to society and our community in the years to come.
Thank you for your time and attention today. Please join us as we celebrate the dedication and official opening of Moore Family Field.