Zeke Motta, one of the ten star dancers in this season’s 9th Annual Dancing with Vero’s Stars, is the youngest star dancer in the competition. He is a former Vero Beach High School football standout who graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he played football and was recognized as the All American Safety at the 2013 National Championship. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, was later injured and is currently retired.

Enjoying the community where he grew up and succeeded, Motta recently visited middle school students attending the Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC) and spoke to the eager group about planning for their future through education, manners and attitude.  The students concluded with many excited questions

GYAC provides a holistic approach to meeting the needs of children and families in the Gifford community of Vero Beach/Indian River County, FL. They help children and families build successful lives through education, life enhancing activities and opportunities. They believe that everyone deserves to meet their highest potential to achieve their greatest dreams. Programs include year round academic, social, cultural and recreational activities for youth, adults, and senior citizens.

Tickets for Dancing with Vero’s Stars, to be held at Riverside Theatre on Saturday evening May 13, 2017, are currently on sale at the Riverside Theatre Box Office or by visiting www.Dancingwithverostars.com.  For more information onDancing with Vero’s Stars call 772-563-9118.  For more information about GYAC, visit 4875 43rd Ave., Vero Beach, FL, www.gyac.net or call 772-794-1005.



Photo (provided by the Gifford Youth Achievement Center):  Zeke Motta surrounded by middle school students at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center.