NAIA Honors Iowa Pastor for Years of Service to Amateur Athletics

Richard Moore (r) has worked NAIA tournaments for 13 years.

SIOUX CITY, IA (December 7, 2015) — When the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) presented awards on Saturday night to the winners and most valuable players following its national championship tournament, they also honored Sloan Covenant Church pastor Richard Moore for his years of commitment to supporting amateur athletics.

Richard Moore NAIA AwardMoore has served as the public address announcer for the tournament the last four years and also has handled those duties for the national championship women’s basketball tournament for 13 years and the NAIA regional baseball tournament the one year it was held in the city.

“I have a love for sports at the high school and collegiate levels,” Moore said. “The NAIA really focuses on the student-athlete, and I love the focus of student first. NAIA is also big on community service with their Champions of Character program. That’s important to me.”

Moore began his work with the NAIA after a member of the tournament committee saw him do a local Westood High School game in Sloan and asked the coach about him.

Over the years, Moore has served as the public address announcer for seven sports at Westwood. He currently is doing girls and boys basketball, track, and volleyball.

He has also begun to branch out beyond amateur athletics. He recently completed his first year as public address announcer for the minor-league baseball Sioux City Explorers.