Todd Hitt, CEO Kiddar Capital, donates $50K to Morgan Moses Foundation for Education
Redskins Charitable Foundation partners to implement Homework Help in Virginia Schools
Morgan Moses will be the first to tell you about his story of second-chances. He has always been an A-plus athlete, but struggled to replicate his success in the classroom. Despite an ample amount of college offers to play football, his 1.67 GPA prevented him from being eligible to play at the college level.
Attending Fork Union Military Academy for a year gave Moses the opportunity to excel both in the classroom and football field. Morgan was able to improve his grades to be accepted to the University of Virginia to play Division I football. Moses pursued a double major and graduated with two degrees. Morgan credits this second-chance of his success story to folks who believed in him through UVA and now with the Washington Redskins. It is this kind of second-chance he wants to give to students like him.
Many of those students will now have access to that kind of “second chance” support as Todd Hitt, CEO Kiddar Capital, donated $50K and announced a challenge match donation of $50,000 to the Morgan Moses Foundation. When the foundation raises an additional $50,000, Hitt will double his donation to $100,000.
Hitt, also a former University of Virginia NCAA All-American athlete (Soccer), made the donation a call-to-action for future fundraising for the Morgan Moses Foundation’s Homework Help! program. This initial challenge gift from Kiddar Capital, along with Morgan Moses’ personal support, will power over 1650 hours of individualized online tutoring with subject experts and real teachers through Princeton Review’s state-of-the-art Tutor.com.
When the Washington Redskins come to town, the cameras and reporters are not far behind. This year, however, Redskins Training Camp at Bon Secours in Richmond held incredible sentiment for Morgan Moses and the Richmond Community. “Coming back to Richmond and being able to see things like [the training camp facility], and see how the city is progressing is always a blessing,” said Moses. Morgan also mingled with students from RVA high schools and teachers in the community in between walk-throughs and practices.
Students and faculty from Armstrong, Nottoway and Huguenot High Schools were able to visit camp and listen to Morgan’s advice on achieving success in school. Morgan stressed the importance of working hard in the classroom and being disciplined. Additionally, he explained that believing and working hard toward is just as important to achieving your dreams, despite the naysayers.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney was also at camp to deliver a message to the students and faculty. Mayor Stoney proclaimed August 1 “Morgan Moses Foundation Day” in honor of the work the Foundation is doing for Richmond students. “It’s about the future. Whatever I can do from this office to help our children for the future, makes this a better city,” said Stoney. He then asked the assembled students how many wanted to attend a college of their choice and all of the young people raised their hands.
One major resource that The Morgan Moses Foundation is providing to students is the Homework Help! program in partnership with The Princeton Review’s Tutor.com online tutoring platform. Students who apply will be eligible for a year-long online tutor that can be accessed 24/7 and provide tutoring in any subject. Through the partnership with The Princeton Review, the tutoring for these students comes at no cost.
The Morgan Moses foundation has also partnered with The Redskins Charitable Foundation, “Coaches in the Classroom” along with The Princeton Review to bridge educational or learning gaps by providing no-cost tutoring to assist students and student-athletes to become college eligible in Chesterfield, Richmond, and in Fairfax and Loudoun County Public Schools.
“Today, Todd Hitt became an impact player with the Morgan Moses Foundation,” said Morgan Moses, Foundation Chairman and starting offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins. “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 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.”
With the partnerships created with the Redskins Foundation and the charitable donation from Todd Hitt, the Morgan Moses Foundation will help students in need. They will be able to find their own “second-chance” like Morgan had. Morgan’s hope is to eliminate the need for second-chances, so that students are receiving the resources and help they need before it’s too late.