Morgan Moses Foundation Kicks Off 2017 with High Hopes and Higher Goals
Todd Hitt Donates $50,000 for Homework Help! Program
RICHMOND, VA / AUGUST 1, 2017 — Morgan Moses, starting right tackle for the Washington Redskins, received a $50,000 donation on behalf of his foundation at Redskins Training Camp, from Todd Hitt, Kiddar Capital CEO. Thanks to Hitt's support, Homework Help! is available starting September 1st for the entire school year, at no cost to qualified students who need a boost in Chesterfield, Richmond, Fairfax, and Loudoun County Public Schools.
Richmond City Mayor Levar Stoney joined the event, officially proclaiming August 1st "Morgan Moses Foundation Day." Stoney addressed over 30 students, teachers and coaches from area high schools including Armstrong, Huguenot, and Nottoway High during the day at camp as he honored the Foundation's efforts to bridge educational gaps through the Morgan Moses Foundation Homework Help! Program. Students were offered to sign up on site for tutoring, which they could start at the beginning of the school year.
Moses founded the Morgan Moses Foundation and its Homework Help! Program, partnering with The Princeton Reviewto enable other students to maximize their academic potential. The Redskins Charitable Foundation's "Coaches in the Classroom" program has also teamed up with the Morgan Moses Foundation expand its reach throughout Virginia.
In Morgan Moses' hometown of Richmond, over 80% of the high school students graduate, but only 21% are prepared for, or able to attend college. Moses' own experience with struggling in school prompted him to launch his foundation. Despite being a stellar athlete, a 1.6 GPA kept Moses from being NCAA-eligible. Moses attended Fork Union Military Academy for a year, where he acquired better learning skills, raised his grades, and became eligible to play football at the University of Virginia.
During the day's activities, Todd Hitt also announced a challenge match donation of $50,000 to the Morgan Moses Foundation in partnership with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. If the foundation raises an additional $50,000, Hitt will double his donation to $100,000.
Hitt, an All-American soccer player, starred at the University of Virginia where he played for current U.S. National Team Coach Bruce Arena. Hitt designated his donation as a fundraising call-to-action for the Morgan Moses Foundation's Homework Help! Program. The initial challenge gift from Todd Hitt's Kiddar Capital, along with Morgan Moses' personal support, will power over 1,650 hours of individualized online tutoring with subject experts and real teachers through Tutor.com.
"Today, Todd Hitt became an impact player with the Morgan Moses Foundation," said Morgan Moses, Foundation Chairman. "Kiddar Capital's generous gift and challenge to companies and charitable foundations to match this $50,000 grant is just what we need to deliver Homework Help! tutoring programs to sophomores and juniors in high school who need this support and free coaching. My earnest hope is that other companies and foundations step-up and match Todd's generous challenge!"
"I am proud to team up with Morgan's Foundation to provide students across the commonwealth opportunities for tutoring to get ahead in school," said Todd Hitt. "While people may not think that we have much in common when they look at us, Morgan and I are cut from the same cloth, and we strive to be the best and bring out the best in others."
"The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation is thrilled to partner with the Morgan Moses Foundation to provide much needed tutoring for students that are struggling academically," said Jane Rodgers, Executive Director of the Charitable Foundation. "Our partnership is the perfect fit for our Redskins Coaches in the Classroom program, which operates in five Richmond city high schools."
About the Morgan Moses Foundation
The Morgan Moses Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in October 2015 by Morgan Moses of the Washington Redskins. The purpose of this foundation is to motivate students through educational activities. Morgan has made it his life's mission to encourage all, and show how education can be a driving force for success. The Morgan Moses Foundation is dedicated to: "Motivating Others through Education!" (MOE).
About the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation is to make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of children in our community. Since its start in 2000, the Foundation has given back more than $16M to the community, focusing primarily in the areas of education, community outreach and health and wellness.