Kevin Riley Foundation of Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit and was formed in memory of Kevin M. Riley who was shot and killed at 29 years old on October 28, 2020 in Winchester, VA. Kevin had a passion for helping others especially children, wanting to see them succeed in life and in sports. The purpose of this foundation is to service the underprivileged youth of Winchester, Virginia and the surrounding areas. We pay, kids play. One of the largest reasons some children do not get an opportunity to participate in team sports is the associated cost. Your donations will be used to ease the lives of under privileged children and provide the opportunity to participate in sports, attend a camp, develop a hobby, provide school shoes & supplies, or provide a hot meal to a family in need as just an example. Where there are children there are many needs. We are here to serve the youth of our community and their families in whatever needs may arise.
We also use our platform to raise gun violence awareness. Firearms are the leading cause of death for children and teens (ages 0 to 19) in the United States. Every year, 15,000 children and teens are shot and killed or wounded and approximately 3 million are exposed to gun violence. Virginia’s homicide rate hit a 20-year high in 2020. Gun violence has destroyed many families. Children and teens in the U.S. are impacted by gun violence in all its forms. Exposure to gun violence has an impact on the psychological and mental well-being of children and teens and affects their school performance, among other factors. When homes, neighborhoods, and schools are not safe from gun violence, entire generations of American children are affected. We hold gun violence awareness events to start the conversation of valuing life, making our community a safer place for children and their families, and to say “Not one more!”