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School Lions wel-
comes Pat Lee as the
new defensive back
coach. Growing up
in Miami, Pat Lee
was always involved
in and surrounded
by sports. His moth-
er was an Olympic
track athlete; in high
school, Pat ran track
and played basket-
ball and football. Although Pat quali-
fied to run track for the Olympics, his
focus at the time was on football.
After receiving several scholarship
offers, Pat decided to take his talents
from Miami to Auburn University. He
says he wasn’t immediately satisfied
when he first
He was away
from home, and
wanted to play,
he wasn’t neces-
sarily ready to play. This experience
taught him a lesson he shares with his
students. During the time he wasn’t
playing, he was working and train-
ing behind closed doors. This was the
time that allowed him to know more
about the game and prepare his body
to excel. Pat says, “Coaches have may-
be two hours a day with you, but you
won’t become an expert at the game if
you don’t go and do the work at home.”
All the hard work paid off. Pat Lee
was All-SEC (Southeastern Confer-
ence) and a second-round draft pick
for the Green Bay Packers. Pat played
with Green Bay for four seasons, ul-
timately playing in Super Bowl XLV
against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Very
few men enter the NFL, and even few-
er have played in
and won a Super
Bowl. Lake Nona
High School foot-
ball has that type
of experience in
I asked Pat
what was his fond-
est memory. Al-
though he said
winning the Super
Bowl was amaz-
ing, his fondest
memory was the
2004 season play-
ing with Auburn.
The team was un-
defeated and won
pionship. However, due to the BCS
ranking, they were denied the BCS
National Championship Game. Pat re-
members winning the Sugar Bowl and
the camaraderie between the players.
Due to injury, Pat’s NFL career was
cut short, but Pat’s football career
has never ended. Beginning at Au-
burn, Pat began mentoring a young
student and teaching at camps. This
opportunity continued in his NFL ca-
reer. Before joining the Lions, Pat was
coaching the Jr. Lions and privately
coaching students to get them strong-
er for the pros. Transitioning to coach
the Lake Nona Lions was the next step.
Pat’s hopes for his students are
that they learn to work hard on and
off the field. He’d love to see them get
scholarships and advance in their
own journeys. He says he wants them
to understand that playing for smaller
colleges does not mean your dreams
of the NFL are gone. He mentioned
Dominique Rodgers Cromartie going
to Tennessee State University, a rela-
tively small school, but being a first-
round draft pick at 16th overall.
On the field, Pat’s goals are to cre-
ate cohesion and camaraderie be-
tween the players. By doing so, it will
create trust on the field. He’s teach-
ing his players spirited competition
and the understanding of being ready
when needed. That’s how teams win.
The focus is on the future, not the past.
Look for Pat coaching the Lake
Nona Lions defensive backs on Sept.
16, Sept. 23, or Sept. 30! Games begin
at 7:30 p.m. Go, Lions!
Get to Know Pat Lee – Lake Nona Lions’ Defensive Back Coach
The Giving Tree
The Nonahood community is full of giving people! At Nonahood News we want to make you aware of donation opportunities.
Here is a list of local non-profits and their current needs.
The Big Awesome
Charity Of Nona
(BACON) is part-
nering with the
and the Lake Nona High School PTSA in the 9th
Annual Lake Nona Community Golf Challege.
BACON is looking for sponsorships from our
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: North Shore Golf Club, 11507 N Shore
Golf Club Blvd., Orlando, FL 32832.
The Haven For Children
The Haven For Children is
looking for sponsorships for
their 2016 Havenly Affair.
The Havenly Affair brings
together around 150-200 distinguished members,
benefactors and leaders of Brevard County for a
lovely afternoon of music, food, libations, raffles
and an auction. It’s the perfect mix of networking,
catching up with old faces you haven’t seen in
forever, and helping a wonderful organization.
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9, 3-7 p.m.
WHERE: Sterling Stables, 6450 FL-520, Cocoa,
TICKETS: $150 individual, $500 sponsorship.
THEME: Linen and Lace.
For more information visit: www.thehavenfor-
September is Childhood Can-
cer Awareness Month. Talia’s
Legacy Cancer Foundation
invites all Central Florida
families and childhood can-
cer foundations to come out and join when #OrlandoGoes-
Gold. All art lighting in the city of Orlando will be going
GOLD! The gathering will be near the International Bridge.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave, Orlando,
We need volunteers for our Pet Walk on Sept. 24. We will
be hosting a gift-wrapping event in November or December
with details to follow.
We need sponsorships for our Pet Walk on Sept. 24. Pro-
ceeds support the Pet Therapy Program at Orlando Health
and Arnold Palmers Children’s Hospital and Arnie’s March
for pediatric cancer clinical trial and research in Orlando.
During the month of November, we will be collecting gift
cards for teenage patients. iTunes and Amazon gift cards
will be a great gift for Christmas in the hospital.
We need donations to support Talia’s Legacy. We would
be happy to attend a fundraising event for Talia’s Lega-
cy. We need help fundraising, period.
Here are a list of upcoming events.
Sept. 10 Orlando Goes Gold @ Lake Eola.
Sept. 16 6:30 pm at Lake Nona HS. Lake Nona High
School is hosting Lake Nona Tackles Pediatric
Sept. 24 Our Pet Walk at Lake Beauty in front of Arnold
Palmers Children’s Hospital.
Making Miracles for
On May 14, 2015, Malea
Gerich-Grady, now 3, was
found by her father blue
and unresponsive in her
room. CPR was performed,
and Malea was rushed to the hospital. Here, it was
determined that Malea had a seizure, and within
the following hours she was diagnosed with oc-
cipital lobe seizures.
Making Miracles for Malea is trying to raise
$16,000 for a seizure response dog. The service
dog will assist to monitor Malea for initial signs
of distress and alert family prior to the onset
of a seizure. It also will provide comfort and
To donate to Making Miracles for Malea, please
Spring of Life
Save the date for
Spring of Life’s annual
Fall Festival! After
participating in the Trunk-or -Treat, stop by and
help create a donation for Nathanial’s Hope, a non-
profit that serves children with special needs.
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m.
WHERE: Spring of Life Methodist Church, 11101
Moss Park Road, Orlando, FL 32832.
9 SEPTEMBER 2016
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