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Community: Moore to host blood drive

Hart grad will sign autographs throughout Saturday’s event

Posted: February 28, 2013 7:46 p.m.
Updated: February 28, 2013 7:46 p.m.

Hart High graduate and NFL quarterback Matt Moore speaks with The Signal about a blood drive he and Spartos, a company he is a partner in, will hold Saturday.

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Hart High graduate and NFL quarterback Matt Moore and local protein water company Spartos, a company he is a partner in, are collaborating with Providence Blood Donor Center on Saturday for a blood drive in Valencia.

Moore, who completed his sixth season in the NFL and second on the Miami Dolphins in 2012, will be encouraging people to donate blood and will also be signing autographs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Whole Foods Valencia.

“It’s important to me,” Moore said about doing community work in the Santa Clarita Valley. “Obviously growing up here, going to Hart High School and being involved in Spartos, a lot of these people (involved in Spartos) are from this valley. At the same time, it’s for a good cause. ... You do things like this and (hope the urge to help) will reach other places.”

The relationship for all involved goes like this.

Moore is a partner in Spartos, a Santa Clarita Valley-based protein water company, which is sold at Whole Foods in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.

The people at Spartos felt there was a natural relationship between health-conscious people and a desire to help out people with something in the body.

“It’s a great way to get like-minded people out and together,” said Kirk Bardin, a Hart graduate and CEO of Spartos of the relationship. “It really is something that hospitals are always short on blood. It’s one of those things where you don’t understand the importance until you, a family member, a friend just had surgery, was in a car accident, you hear how many bags of blood they got.”

People who donate blood will not only get an autograph from Moore, but will also receive the beverage, a T-shirt and an ice cream coupon.

Moore, who will become an unrestricted free agent March 12, said he is looking forward to seeing what opportunities will present themselves later this NFL offseason.

You can read his comments on that and a reflection of last season as a Dolphin in Monday’s Signal.

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