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Darrell Green


Darrell Green is best known as a former cornerback with the Washington Redskins. During his record-setting 20 year career with the team he came to be known and lovingly referred to as “Mr. Redskin.” His on field accomplishments include two Super Bowl victories, seven selections to the Pro Bowl, and four NFL Fastest Man competitions. In 1991, he was the World’s Fastest Athlete and even at the age of 40, Green ran the 40-yard dash in 4.2 seconds. In 2010, he ran a 4.4 40 on his 50th birthday.He has received a number of awards, including the NFL’s most prestigious Man of the Year award in 1996. In 2008, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Darrell Green is also well known for his work off the field. As a proponent of education, service and moral development, he founded The Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation (DGYLF) in 1988 and continues to oversee its operations. The DGYLF provides a wide-range of academic development and values-based education programs through Darrell Green Youth Life Learning Centers (DGYLLC) operating in select urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods. The first Center was established in 1993 in Northeast Washington, D.C. and still operates today along with centers in Southeast, DC and Upper Marlboro, MD. Each center equips youth to address obstacles they face while training them to provide quality leadership for their peers, family members, and their community. With affiliate centers in Richmond, VA and Nashville, TN, the DGYLF will continue to expand its network of centers across America.

Because of his commitment to serving others, Green founded the Darrell Green Business Council for Youth to recruit top business leaders to lend their expertise and services to DGYLF’s mission. And in 2000, President Bush appointed Green Chairman of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. In 2015, Darrell Green partnered with Centene Corporation, a national multi-line healthcare enterprise and Envolve, Centene’s specialty managed behavioral health organization, on a three year Youth Initiative. The “Strong Youth, Strong Community” campaign launched a listening tour that convenes youth ages 12 to 18 years old in urban centers as well as small towns across the U.S. to provide mentoring, motivational speaking and education services that support successful development. Green, Centene and Envolve work collaboratively to develop strategies, interventions and resource materials designed to assist youth and organizations that serve youth in addressing behavioral health, life skills development, academic enrichment, health and wellness, social influences to behavior, as well as other issues confronting this population.

As an avid businessman, Green owns and operates several businesses. In 1997, he established Darrell Green Enterprises, Inc., a marketing company that facilitates opportunities for Green and other athletes and manages www.DarrellGreen.com. In 2000, Green created Darrell Green Holdings, LLC to manage his business interests which include Intekras, a SBA-certified 8(a) company offering integrated solutions in three primary disciplines: Information Security, National Security and Defense Systems; and Trusted Solutions Group, a hub zone company that specializes in providing training and workforce development solutions to government and industry.

Green completed his Bachelor of Science degree in general studies and social science at St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia. In 1999, Marymount University recognized him for his extraordinary humanitarian endeavors and conferred upon him the honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree. In 2002, George Washington University and St. Paul’s College awarded Green his second and third honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees.


Kate Snow


Kate Snow is the anchor of “NBC Nightly News” Sunday and an award-winning Senior National Correspondent for NBC News. Her reporting appears across all platforms of NBC News and MSNBC. She will be contributing regularly to the upcoming NBC News Sunday magazine show and reports for Nightly News, “TODAY,” and “Dateline NBC.” From 2015-2017, Snow also anchored a weekday news program on MSNBC, which featured newsmakers and fast-paced political coverage.

Snow is perhaps best known for insightful stories that make an impact. In 2016, Snow led an NBC News effort to interview 27 Bill Cosby accusers in one room for a Dateline special that won both Emmy and duPont awards.Her 2015 series about transgender children was called a “phenomenon,” as millions of people watched a video about 5-year-old Jacob that went viral on social media, and millions more watched stories on Nightly News and TODAY. Her Emmy-winning 2014 series, “Hooked: America’s Heroin Epidemic,” put a human face on a public health crisis, prompted congressional hearings and legislative action, and was praised by drug policy organizations. Snow’s investigative reports on texting while driving and concussions among young female soccer players sparked national conversations.

Snow has also covered politics throughout her career, including five presidential elections, the White House and Congress. She has interviewed a wide range of newsmakers, from President Obama to Bono; Jeff Bezos to Ringo Starr. She pointedly questioned President Bill Clinton in his first interview after his wife lost the 2008 nomination. But she can just as easily sing a tune with Rick Springfield.

Prior to joining NBC News in 2010, Snow was the anchor of the weekend edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America” for six years. Previously, she was a White House correspondent for ABC News and a Congressional Correspondent for CNN.

Snow is the wife of radio host Chris Bro and proud mom of Zack and Abby. She is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She works closely with many charitable organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Snow is on Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @tvkatesnow.

Vu Le


Vu Le is the author of the blog nonprofitaf.com, formerly known as nonprofitwithballs.com and Executive Director of Seattle-based nonprofit Rainier Valley Corps, which has the mission of tackling systemic injustice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaborations between diverse communities. He loves nonprofit work, has extensive experience in all aspects of it after nearly a decade of being an executive director, and thinks nonprofit professionals are amazing and brilliant and good-looking. Outside of work, Vu watches way too much TV--Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Archer, Golden Girls, stop judging--and spends time with his wife and two small children, ages 4 and 1.


Joel Freeman


A Beachbody Celebrity Trainer, Joel’s career in the health and fitness industry spans over 15 years. From running day-to-day operations in a Washington gym to managing Group X programming at Gold's Gym® SoCal and becoming an International Certified Fitness Trainer—he's done it all! But Joel's passion has always been teaching and showing others how to live healthy and fulfilling lives. That's why in 2016, he teamed up with fellow Super Trainer Jericho McMatthews and Beachbody to create CORE DE FORCE™. With this 30-day mixed martial arts-inspired workout, he hopes to motivate even more people to get fit and make healthier choices—all while enjoying the journey! When he’s not working out, Joel enjoys spending time with his wife, fur babies, golfing and being a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Ry Bradley


“I want to take my fans to where their toes are just barely touching the bottom. They know where they are but they are excited by what’s next.”

Ry Bradley is an award-winning country music artist and youth leadership advocate who brings his dynamic stage presence and innovative country sound with him wherever he goes.

Ry bounced around as a child from Utah to California, finally landing in Hawaii as a teen. “My parents were never together and I moved around a lot. I didn’t have a foundation or positive role model growing up, but I always loved music. I got a guitar at age 11 and suddenly music was the only thing that felt right to me in an uncertain world.”

Ry Bradley was raised on Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, but he was schooled by Guns and Roses and Aerosmith. “ When I was a little kid I thought that Merle was a long lost uncle because my family was always playing his music, but by the time I got my first guitar all I wanted to do was play Aerosmith and Gn’R.” In Hawaii Ry found himself immersed in many different cultures and he began to perform and write songs. “It was great to make new friends and put bands together in Hawaii. I’d play anything, I just loved to perform. I even sang in a punk band.”

Returning to the mainland, Ry earned his bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance from UC Irvine.He established his presence in the music industry when he released his debut single “New Kind of Lonely” off of his EP titled “Freedom Like This.” “New Kind of Lonely” received national airplay from over 100 country radio stations, including Sirius XM’s the Highway. That momentum led to opening for country music heavyweights Florida Georgia Line, Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann, Scotty McCreery, and Miranda Lambert. In 2014 Ry won the LA Music Award for Country Artist of the year, and has since had his music featured in a number of movies and TV shows. Ry’s latest EP “You Me and the Music”, released in December of 2016, is already receiving significant industry buzz behind the video for the lead single, “I Just Wanna Be Seen.”

Known for being an innovative songwriter and a live-wire entertainer, most recently Ry has become a driving force of pushing the genre of country music to new places. “Having been raised on classic country, I have a great appreciation of country music’s foundations, which I feel makes me the right artist to push the genre into uncharted waters.I want to take my fans to where their toes are just barely touching the bottom. They know where they are but they are excited by what’s next.”Ry continues to test the boundaries of country music while he and his band focus on bringing great songs and great shows to new audiences across the country.

For the latest news and show dates visit RyBradley.com and follow Ry on social media @RyBradleyMusic.