Offensive tackle Morgan Moses typically educates defenses on the field, but on December 8, he focused on giving real-life lessons to a special group of local high schoolers.
Moses, a 2014 draft pick by the Washington Redskins, hosted a competition at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia where teams from marketing classes and DECA programs at Marshall and Lake Braddock High School presented community engagement plans for his soon-to-be launched foundation.
“I came into Tuesday’s event thinking that these high school students would bring to the table ideas that were far-fetched and perhaps unrealistic, but I was blown away by their presentations,” Moses said. “These students surprised me from the moment they walked into the room, dressed in suits, to the innovative programs that were presented.”
The first-ever Pride & Passion Competition Cup is part of his ongoing interest in finding unique ways to promote education, especially at the high-school level.
“The in-depth detail of marketing and engagement strategies was evident, right down to the S.W.O.T. analysis to show every angle of their pitches,” Morgan said, beaming. “It was amazing to see how some of the things our board members and I have been brainstorming about could really come to life – they touched every single one of those ideas.”
Moses sat on an all-star panel to judge the students’ proposals. Joining him was his mother, his business manager, his foundation’s executive director, Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan, Tyhler Raye Lynch, Vice President of Communications at Discovery Education, and Mike Smith, CEO of GreenSmith Public Affairs.
“Morgan has gotten a lot of attention for flourishing on the field this season, but I think the strides he made with his new foundation are equally as important to him,” Paulsen said. “He is a first-class, family-oriented person who cares deeply about inspiring young people to take pride in their school work. I can tell that his struggles as a student have motivated him to inspire young students who want to better themselves.”
‘IT ALL STARTS WITH OUR YOUTH’
Giving Virginia students the opportunity to put classroom skills to a practical use was important to Moses.
“As we launch this foundation, we wanted to build-off of our founding principles and do something different to connect with local youth – not just to hear their unique perspectives, but to really collaborate with the next generation of marketing executives,” said the 24-year-old offensive tackle. “It all starts with our youth!”
While all participants had the chance to interact with and get feedback from Moses and the other panelists, the competition’s winners were treated to autographed gifts and bragging rights. The winning team from Marshall took home a Pride & Passion Award plaque to be displayed at the school.
“The students were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a top professional athlete and agreed they felt even more passion to pursue their marketing careers as a result of this experience,” Smith said. “Fairfax County has one million residents of all socioeconomic and multicultural backgrounds so for Moses to spend hours with high school marketing students shows he is personally invested in their education.”