Jacob Green was one grade behind Parker Moore when the two were teammates on the Woodinville football team. He looked up to the charismatic and kind-hearted Moore, as many others did.
When Moore asked Green to help with his lawn aerating business, he leapt at the chance.
But when Moore was murdered in 2014 while attending Linfield College in Oregon, Green felt the need to contribute something positive in the wake of so much anguish.
In the spring of 2015, Green and former teammate Matt Wilson aerated 90 lawns in four days, donating a grand total of $4,435 to the Parker Moore Foundation. As of last spring, the duo had donated $15,000 to the foundation, according to Green.
The Parker Moore Foundation provides scholarships to both students and athletes of the Woodinville and Linfield communities, as well as other miscellaneous causes that Moore cared deeply about.
This spring will mark the fourth time Green and Wilson have joined forces to honor Moore’s memory. Green still repeats like a mantra a tidbit of wisdom that Moore taught him in the spring of 2014.
“We were on about our twentieth lawn, and I was absolutely beat,” Green said. “It was a big lawn, I wasn’t sure I could do it. It was going to be a pain in the butt. And Parker said, `The only thing left to do is to do it. So let’s get it done!’
“In that moment, I had the desire to impress him and show that I wasn’t weak in any sense,” Green said. “But over time, that line, as simple as it sounds, has had such an impact on me.”