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Inaugural 'Movies With Morris' A Success

Posted Jun 5, 2014

On Wednesday night, Alfred Morris was joined by teammates and actor Matthew McConaughey for "Movies With Morris," an event benefitting health and wellness of children.

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the just keep livin’ Foundation on Wednesday evening hosted the first-ever “Movies with Morris” event at the Alamo Drafthouse in Ashburn, Va..

The event was the brainchild of Redskins running back Alfred Morris, who was wanting to combine both his love of movies and his work in the community, which led to him being named the team's 2013 Walter Peyton Man of the Year recipient, given to a player who continually works in local communities to better conditions.

The result was a night full of movie watching with players and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, an avid Redskins fan who was at the team's facility earlier in the day to watch practice.

In attendance alongside Morris were quarterback Robert Griffin III, fullback Darrel Young, tight end Niles Paul, long snapper Nick Sundberg, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and defensive lineman Chris Baker.

Founded by McConaughey and his wife, the just keep livin’ Foundation’s mission is to “empower high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices to become great men and women.”

Hoping to continue their philanthropic efforts with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, McConaughey said he’s looking forward to working in the Washington, D.C. area.

“Let me tell you what we do: our foundation, we’re in 16 schools right now. We’re in California, we’re in Texas, we’re Louisiana and now we’re here,” he said. “We have an after-school curriculum for lower-income schools, where kids get to go voluntarily after school and exercise, learn nutrition on a budget and learn to say thank you for that.

“After six years, I want to share a little bit of science that tells me its working. Ninety percent of the students at our foundation the last six years, their attendance has improved in the school they’re in, behavior has improved in the school they’re in and their grades have improved, so it’s working and we’re looking forward to starting that here. We’re looking forward to this relationship with the Redskins Charitable Foundation.”

Redskins owner Dan Snyder echoed the Academy Award-winning actor’s sentiment about the importance of helping those in need.

“Matthew’s been a Redskins fan since he was 4 years old, and he’s a great family man and a great philanthropist, and what he does in communities across the country is just fabulous work,” Snyder said. “We’re so proud of him and what he does. Thank you all for coming; we appreciate it very, very much.”

After the conclusion of a silent auction of some of the players’ favorite items, fans entered one of six screening rooms where they got to watch a movie with one of the players.

The movies differed significantly, as Morris chose the animated comedy “Fantastic Mr. Fox” while Griffin III chose “John Q.”

“I picked this movie, because it’s my favorite movie of all-time,” Griffin III told those that were at “John Q.” "I was very impacted by this movie as a kid when my dad told me we were going to see it.

“After watching it I got pretty emotional at the end of the movie, and it’s led me to do some different things, and it’s going to impact me in the future in a big way.”

Following the conclusion, Morris thanked everyone for their attendance and said he's looking forward to the work the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and just keep livin’ Foundation can do together.

“I want to thank everyone for coming out -- without you this event would not be a success," he said. "It’s definitely going to a great cause as we’re looking forward to this partnership blossoming.”

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