MANATEE -- David Moates, who coached the Lakewood Ranch High School baseball team to a state championship in 2003, is about to receive another honor for which he can be equally proud.
Moates is set to be inducted into the Fenwal Donation Hall of Fame at Florida Blood Services, one of only a handful of persons chosen nationally.
He was selected for the induction not only for the 89 gallons of blood and platelets he has donated over many years, but also for inspiring many Lakewood Ranch High School students to make it a practice to donate as well, said Daniel Eberts, spokesman for Florida Blood Services.
"He is also a mentor, a leader, to help motivate the high school students. Coach Dave is also the kind of role model that helps to create a new generation of donors," Eberts said.
The typical donor may contribute blood twice a year, but Moates donates platelets every two weeks.
With that kind of record for donations, Moates may join the Century Club of
100 gallon donors in a couple of years.
Florida Blood Services has only had 14 Century Club members in its history from the Tampa Bay area.
"During his leadership tenure, Lakewood Ranch High School has surpassed all other Manatee County schools annually in most blood donations. During the 2011-12 school year a total of 691 donations were given there," according to a Florida Blood Services press release.
Since the spring of 2007, Moates began challenging each senior class to "Leave A Legacy." The challenge is for the underclassman in to exceed the donations given by the previous seniors during their final blood drive.
"It's the kids at the school who want to give back, to be altruistic," Moates told the Herald in January.
The Fenwall Hall of Fame Induction is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Florida Blood Services Bradenton Center, 216 Manatee Ave. E.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted a 941-745-7021 or tweet @jajones1.