Nate Boyer is what many would deem a renaissance man. The former active-duty Green Beret is also a world traveler, a philanthropist, community leader and a professional athlete as a former member of the Seattle Seahawks.
After joining the US Army in 2005, he was stationed in Okinawa throughout most of 2007 with 1st Special Forces Group. In April of 2008, Nate was deployed to Iraq and served his tour of duty until January of 2009. He then served tours in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014. In addition to his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Boyer completed a number of JCET (Joint Command Exchange Training) Missions to Israel, Bulgaria and Greece.
A five-year player for the Texas Longhorns, Boyer received the Disney Spirit Award at the ESPN College Football Awards, which is given to the most inspirational figure in college football. He was named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among student-athletes. Boyer was named 2012-13 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year and in 2012 became the first-ever recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award.
Boyer has embarked on a wealth of adventures and life-changing experiences – he has backpacked solo throughout much of Europe and Central America, worked for a year on a fishing boat in San Diego, gone fly fishing in Kamchatka in Russia, worked as a big brother and mentor for children diagnosed with Autism and volunteered at Refugee Camps in the Darfur region of Sudan/Chad border. He continues to be actively engaged with several Veteran’s Service Organizations as well as several other non-profits.
Boyer’s belief that “Anything is Possible” has served him well throughout his life and made him especially fit to speak about finding one’s passions and living with purpose for other people. Nate’s can-do attitude is contagious and his inspirational story resounds with any audience.