David Nassau, then a junior in high school, showed up for classes one day wearing a suit. When asked why he was dressed up, he joked that he was on the school’s varsity hopscotch team.
What began as a joke five years ago has become a passion that has positively impacted thousands.
Nassau created “Hopping 4 A Cure,” a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that hits close to home for him. Nassau’s father has been battling MS for more than a decade.
Inspired by his father’s battle, Nassau has helped raise more than $30,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by hosting hopscotch tournaments and related events across Florida. In 2015, the organization awarded its first-ever scholarship to a UF student with MS.
Nassau has positively impacted the lives of fellow Gators through his tireless work ethic and passion for helping others—two valuable traits that were enhanced while at Warrington. His commitment to helping those in need is why he’s our newest installment of Warrington Stories.
“Through being affected by MS personally, I can see the effect it has on individuals and families alike, and I feel a lot better and good personally when I can help others who are going through a similar or more difficult situation than I am,” Nassau said.
Nassau said his experiences at UF and Warrington—including serving as President of the Entrepreneurship Club, Chairman of Gator Innovators (a UF Student Government agency), and his experience as an Innovation Academy student—left an indelible impact on him.
“My UF experience as a whole, I feel like I’ve been able to make the most of my experience at every turn,” Nassau said. “I feel like I’ve been able to enjoy my time here at UF incredibly, and am thankful for all the opportunities I had.”