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Robinson student moves from football to fundraiser


Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM

— Andrew Moss has a lot more going on in his mind than just playing quarterback in his junior year at Robinson High School this fall.

He’s trying to do what he can to help out in the community and is using his football skills to do it.

Although he may have been thinking about the future during a recent tour of football schools throughout the Carolinas, including Duke and the University of North Carolina, he was also concerned with producing his seven-on-seven football event to benefit The Children’s Home. He said it is his goal to combine his love of football with helping out the Tampa Bay community.

The Children’s Home, 10909 Memorial Highway, cares for struggling families and children seeking the comfort of a loving family. With roots that can be traced to 1892, it has been a beacon in the community, and Moss wants to help.

In 2010, Moss put on his first charity football tournament as part of his bar mitzvah project and he’s decided that it’s time to do it again.

The tournament has six teams for the event on July 26 at Skyway Park, 4840 Independence Parkway, Tampa. In the seven-on-seven format, there is a quarterback, center, and five receivers. There will be several former NFL players around to sign autographs.

Moss said the more he learned about what The Children’s Home was working with, the more he wanted to help.

“I heard about the abused kids and the neglected people and wanted to give whatever I could,” Moss said during his trip to North Carolina. “I’ve wanted to help since I was a kid in sixth grade. It means a lot to me.”

Moss said he might not be a big part of the Robinson offense this fall because he doesn’t fit the Robinson offense, but he has bigger things on his agenda that still include football. He wants to be involved in the business side of football after he graduates from college.

He won’t have a problem getting into whatever college he wants. He has the grades.

He said he would like to be an agent or even an NFL general manager. It’s a pretty lofty goal, since there are only 23 of those jobs available, but Moss is confident.

“Yes, it might be tough, but you have to believe,” Moss said. “I think I have a chance.”

As for his seven–on-seven tournament, he’s very proud of it, knowing that he is giving back to the community.

“I think everyone should take the time to help out,” he said.

“A lot of people need help. We need to be there for them.”

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