Editor’s Note: The NFLPA Community MVP recognizes players who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Each week, the NFLPA celebrates one player who recently demonstrated his commitment to giving back and will make a donation to the player’s foundation or cause in support. This week’s #CommunityMVP is Washington Redskins offensive tackle Morgan Moses who is launching a foundation to help students focus on their education.
MOTIVATING OTHERS THROUGH EDUCATION
The Morgan Moses Foundation, which will officially launch in early 2016, is based on the idea of Motivating Others through Education, or MOE, a play off of the Virginia native’s long-time nickname.
“It is always inspiring to see athletes giving back to their community, but Morgan elevates it to another level,” Raye said. “His passion for motivating students and evangelizing the critical importance of education resonates through everything he does, both on and off the field. He doesn’t take his status as a role model lightly, but rather proactively works to positively impact the lives of students. Morgan has seen the significant impact of education in his own life, and has made it his mission to motivate kids to get the best education possible.”
The foundation’s mission is to engage students of all ages in exciting and interactive educational activities and equip them with the tools needed to promote academic and personal development and instill winning attitudes, Moses said.
“I want to inspire these kids with my story and everything that I’ve overcome and really connect with and help them realize that they can achieve the unthinkable if they take the time and put in the work,” he explained.
In 2009, Moses — a two-time all-state, all-region and all-district selection at Meadowbrook High School in North Chesterfield, Virginia — accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Virginia, only to find himself academically ineligible when it came time to enroll.
The highly touted recruit instead spent a prep year at Fort Union Military Academy, embracing a structured environment of study hall, testing and other exercises to improve his grade-point average.
Moses enrolled at UVA in 2010, and became just the third true freshman to start at an offensive tackle position for the Cavaliers. Perhaps more importantly, he was the team’s recipient of the Z Society Bill Dudley Award, presented to first-year player for excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community.
“Morgan uses his personal narrative to help high school students understand the importance of time management and focus on studies,” said Smith, who also sits on the Fairfax County Public Schools Advisory Board. “This competition gave DECA teams the chance to put their skills to the test and pitch Moses and the foundation team much like ‘Shark Tank.’”
Changing the community
While his primary off-the-field focus this season has been launching his foundation, Moses has also donated a variety of game-worn items to troops abroad and tickets to veterans in the U.S. to thank them for their service. On November 9, Moses made a special trip to McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond. He spent hours speaking with patients and encouraging them on their road to recovery.
Through his foundation and other opportunities, Moses said he has big plans to change the Virginia community that has supported him from his youth, through college, and now professionally.
“In the short term, we would like to launch regional book drives and host readings at schools and libraries,” Moses said. “Down the road, we would also like to expand the Morgan Moses Foundation and partner with educational groups to renovate and build new libraries through Virginia, D.C., and Maryland.”
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You can follow Morgan Moses on Instagram and his foundation on Facebook.