Mr. Hardesty graduated from North Carolina State University in 2012 receiving his B.A. in Criminology. While attending N.C.S.U., Mr. Hardesty played Division 1A football for the Wolfpack as an offensive tackle. Additionally, Mr. Hardesty was given the opportunity to work for the United States Secret Service for two years where he had the opportunity to meet the President and Vice President of the United States. During his tenure with the Secret Service, Mr. Hardesty developed a passion for criminal law and mentoring young adults dealing with substance abuse addictions and mental illnesses. He is now currently attending North Carolina Central University School of Law (2019) in order to pursue his goal of becoming a lawyer and peak
performance strategist for young adults.
During his presentations, Mr. Hardesty provides firsthand knowledge and advice acquired from his experiences as a NCCA Division 1 Athlete. He also incorporates real life experiences of working with clients, friends, and families battling with substance abuse addictions and mental illnesses from his work in the criminal defense field to illustrate what could stem from making poor decisions. He believes that when individuals are focused on their personal and professional development and they implement these tools and strategies into their daily routine, they will positively influence their peers to act accordingly.
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Mr. Hardesty created 4th Down in order to inspire individuals to perform at their highest level and make great decisions for their personal and professional success.
By promising to remain committed to their goals, students have the opportunity to receive a 4th Down "Gameface" T-Shirt by "Contracting For Excellence." This also grants access to career building workshops, pizza party's and other fundraising events, peer mentoring services, opportunities to win awards, internships, and finally being considered for the annual 4th Down Scholarship given out at the end of the year to a student from a partner high school.
4th Down has devised a method of triggering the interests of young adults through his unique speaking engagements. Each presentation incorporates innovative tactics dealing with criminal law and modern methods for obtaining goal-oriented success, in order to make a positive impact on the audience’s interpretation of risky behavior.
98 cents for every dollar raised goes towards
providing scholarships for Wake County high school students who exemplify the 4th Down philosophy and wish to further their education into college. Scholarship candidates must be able to demonstrate strong academic performance, participation in extra-curricular activities, and dedicated service to their community.
-Parent of City College High School Student
The 4th Down Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit program who specializes in creating pathways to success for young adults.
Our commitment to mentoring young individuals is where we saw enormous growth and development as an emerging social enterprise. With the help from teachers, parents, coaches and counselors, our program continues to be one of the fastest growing non-profit organizations in North Carolina. We continue to encourage our supporters to spread the word so that we can reach more high school students and help them focus on their goals and what's ahead of them, instead of engaging in substance abuse and criminality. Remember, our program is completely free for families and schools!
Since it's commencement in early 2015, The 4th Down Foundation has been receiving donations that have allowed us to provide lap tops and other technology to high school classrooms to aid in the growth of education. This is all be made possible from the money we raise in our charity fundraisers, donations from families in the community and our partner corporate sponsors and community organizations. We are very confident that this program will mark the start of a massive movement.
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