The 4th Down Foundation​​

The Role Model Series is video database of interviews with top level performers, dedicated to providing young adults with advice and strategies for reaching success.  The 4th Down Foundation's mission behind this video series is to offer an online library of successful stories for young adults in high school and college.  Each video will consist of a Role Model who shares his or her own story, along with the tips and tricks they have acquired along their pathway to success.   Everyone has their own vision of success.  However our Role Models all share a common interest, seeing our young adults succeed.


RoLE model Series 

Episode 1

Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris Kepko

Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris Kepko is currently serving as a mentor for young naval operators who are interested in pursuing a career in special operations.  Chris has served within the Naval Explosive Ordinance Division and Special Operations and he has encountered many stressful experiences throughout his many deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries post 9/11. His stories are meant to inspire young adults to take advantage of every moment in life and have fun whenever possible.  Chris believes it is also extremely important to surround yourself with friends that will always have your back and refrain from putting you into situations that could compromise your morals and beliefs. Chris manages stressful situations by focusing on "one day at a time."  In order to create a successful life you need to manage your stress and overcome the challenges along the way.  But most importantly, make each and every day count.

pathway to success

Written and Directed by Cameron Hardesty 

We are very pleased to bring you our first official short film. This film was shot (July 2017) during a blazing summer heat wave in Downtown Raleigh, NC. The entire shoot was completed within 12 hours.

A special thank you Samantha Rahn, Assistant Director Jonathan Duran, Colby Benfield, Penn Harrison, Reilly Walters, and Director of Photography Suraj Vege. 




United States Senator Thom Tillis is the junior United States Senator from North Carolina.  After graduating from high school, Sen. Tillis was unable to afford college, so he took a job as a warehouse records clerk earning minimum wage. Through hard work and dedication Sen. Tillis quickly moved up the corporate ladder, earning his college degree at 36 and becoming a top-level executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM. Fueled by a desire to make a difference in his local community, Sen. Tillis’s involvement in public service began by serving as the PTA president of his daughter’s high school and as a member of the Town of Cornelius Board of Commissioners. In 2006, he was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives and was selected by his peers to serve as Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2014.  In 2014, he defeated Kay Hagan in the US Senate election.



Attorney David Daggett 

Attorney David Daggett is a serious triathlete who has completed more than 185 triathlons, including 28 Ironman competitions. He has completed the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championship eight times. David is also the managing partner of Daggett Shuler Attorneys At Law. He is experienced in assisting clients with all types of injury cases, including serious injuries, wrongful death, and insurance claims.  David Daggett is a founder of Safe Sober Prom Night, Inc., a program that promotes safety and awareness among teenagers in North Carolina.  David Daggett has received numerous accolades and awards for the Safe Sober Prom Night program. Recently he received the Ford Ironman Everyday Hero Award including being featured worldwide on ESPN and Universal sports.  David truly exemplifies what it means to "go the extra mile for your success." 

Creating Pathways to Success Through Empowering Individuals and Positive Role Models.