Run For Nate Relay
At 9 am on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, Paul Willis, President and Co-Founder of Seacoast United Sports Club and the Seacoast United Coaches will be running 18 miles in relay teams from the Hampton Indoor Arena to the Nate Hardy Field at the Club’s Outdoor Complex in Epping. The SUSC coaches will be making relay teams of 3 or 4 to run 4 to 6 miles each and raising money for the Nate Hardy International Scholarship in an effort to help a number of Seacoast United players who will be traveling to Europe this summer to play against international competition. For more information about the relay and to make a direct donation to the Nate Hardy International Scholarship, please click here.
Nate & Seacoast United:
Nate played on Seacoast United's inaugural U14 team in 1992/93 which was coached by Paul. His brother Ben played for the U16's as the two teams laid the foundation for our Club. Their father Dr. Steve Hardy, Co-founder of the Club, became Seacoast United's first President at the time and helped guide the Club through its early years.
“While Nate played soccer for the Club and Oyster River High School, his ambition in life was to join the Navy and become a SEAL. I'd like to believe that his time on the soccer field helped him meet his goal as he simply had the heart of a lion and never ever gave up. On top of that he was a great teammate to his friends on and off the field. In 1995, Nate was also a part of Seacoast United’s first ever International trip which saw him and his team travel to Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, (my home town) and without question was the best experience he ever had playing for the Club. He’d be so happy that we have kids in the Club getting ready to share the same experience he had back in 1995 and I’m honored to be running in his name in an effort to help the players make the trip a reality."
Upon joining the Navy, nothing was going to get in his way and with dedication and dogged determination Nate became an elite member of Navy SEAL Team 6. He graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) in 1998 and served his country proudly for ten years as a SEAL. Nate was killed in action in Iraq on February 4th, 2008 alongside his fellow SEAL Michael Koch of State College, PA. They are buried side by side in Arlington National Cemetery.
Seacoast United dedicated Field 1 at the Club's Outdoor Complex in Epping as "Nate's Field" in 2009 and the Seacoast United Foundation has an International Scholarship in Nate's name. The field was rededicated as Nate's memorial at the Outdoor Complex in Epping, NH which took place on Veteran's Day 2014.