Founders

Andrew Wonder - Co-founder Andrew has been working with teenagers since he was a high school student traveling the country for MTV’s MADE. Eventually his work with teens led to him winning the series an Emmy Award for its 200th episode. Today, he uses those skills to direct commercials and documentaries around the world for brands including Audi, Microsoft, Prudential and AT&T.   Andrew was always lucky enough to have mentors like Francis Lyons looking out for him and always pushing him. Taking the skills he’s learned as a filmmaker he created Warhorse Filmmaker, a year-long high school program in North Carolina that taught team building and accountability through filmmaking. Whether expanding Warhorse to elementary schools in Washington Heights or creating #OneMoreDay to find new ways of discussing school violence, Andrew takes any opportunity to help students in need. After hearing about Pay-to-Play fees, Andrew took action with Daniel Wright to create Right to Win to make sure no student athlete ever has to give up their passion for playing sports.

Andrew Wonder - Co-founder

Andrew has been working with teenagers since he was a high school student traveling the country for MTV’s MADE. Eventually his work with teens led to him winning the series an Emmy Award for its 200th episode. Today, he uses those skills to direct commercials and documentaries around the world for brands including Audi, Microsoft, Prudential and AT&T.

 

Andrew was always lucky enough to have mentors like Francis Lyons looking out for him and always pushing him. Taking the skills he’s learned as a filmmaker he created Warhorse Filmmaker, a year-long high school program in North Carolina that taught team building and accountability through filmmaking.

Whether expanding Warhorse to elementary schools in Washington Heights or creating #OneMoreDay to find new ways of discussing school violence, Andrew takes any opportunity to help students in need. After hearing about Pay-to-Play fees, Andrew took action with Daniel Wright to create Right to Win to make sure no student athlete ever has to give up their passion for playing sports.

Daniel Wright - Co-founder As a founding crew member of his High School rowing team, Daniel has always known the impact on sports on character building and team development. Going from grassroots fund raising to perennial state champions, the team wasn’t just meaning to Daniel, but also have a huge impact on all the student athletes involved. Years later, as the first wave of veterans returned from the Iraq War, Daniel created the American Soldier Foundation to help military families get back on their feet.  Veterans could apply to have the foundation cover what they needed. From medical to educational expenses, the Foundation was able to make a tangible and immediate impact.  Now working in the financial industry, Daniel hasn't forgotten that the skills and character developed through team sports will last a lifetime. Together, with Andrew Wonder, he founded Right to Win to make sure that every student athlete can have the same opportunities he had.

Daniel Wright - Co-founder

As a founding crew member of his High School rowing team, Daniel has always known the impact on sports on character building and team development. Going from grassroots fund raising to perennial state champions, the team wasn’t just meaning to Daniel, but also have a huge impact on all the student athletes involved.

Years later, as the first wave of veterans returned from the Iraq War, Daniel created the American Soldier Foundation to help military families get back on their feet.  Veterans could apply to have the foundation cover what they needed. From medical to educational expenses, the Foundation was able to make a tangible and immediate impact. 

Now working in the financial industry, Daniel hasn't forgotten that the skills and character developed through team sports will last a lifetime. Together, with Andrew Wonder, he founded Right to Win to make sure that every student athlete can have the same opportunities he had.

Francis Lyons - Board Member A four time Emmy Award winning TV producer, Francis began his career working for ESPN and CBS Sports before creating three series and executive producing over 500 hours of television for MTV. As show runner of MTV’s MADE, he oversaw over 280 episodes and all four of their Emmy winning seasons. Francis takes great pride in how the show helped more than 500 teens work with mentors to achieve personal dreams as they grew into adulthood. Francis currently owns a parkour shoe brand, works as a consultant on media start-ups, and runs "I Know Obstacles” an organization that uses the popularity of parkour and ninja warrior training to get kids off the couch, learning to move, and figuring out how to overcome societal obstacles in their communities.

Francis Lyons - Board Member

A four time Emmy Award winning TV producer, Francis began his career working for ESPN and CBS Sports before creating three series and executive producing over 500 hours of television for MTV.

As show runner of MTV’s MADE, he oversaw over 280 episodes and all four of their Emmy winning seasons. Francis takes great pride in how the show helped more than 500 teens work with mentors to achieve personal dreams as they grew into adulthood.

Francis currently owns a parkour shoe brand, works as a consultant on media start-ups, and runs "I Know Obstacles” an organization that uses the popularity of parkour and ninja warrior training to get kids off the couch, learning to move, and figuring out how to overcome societal obstacles in their communities.

Joey Katz - Board Member Joey Katz graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Film and Television. Excited about telling people's stories Joey created his web series "Adventure Katz" which has garnered over 150,000 views, won a student Emmy, and has played at film festivals around the world. Mentored by Andrew since before he began college, Joey has taken an active role in Right to Win to help pay it forward to students around the country. From creating the new website to coordinating with students and parents, Joey is always ready to step in where needed.

Joey Katz - Board Member

Joey Katz graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Film and Television. Excited about telling people's stories Joey created his web series "Adventure Katz" which has garnered over 150,000 views, won a student Emmy, and has played at film festivals around the world.

Mentored by Andrew since before he began college, Joey has taken an active role in Right to Win to help pay it forward to students around the country. From creating the new website to coordinating with students and parents, Joey is always ready to step in where needed.

Glen Reisner - Board Member In 2008 Glen Reisner was selected above many to become the Buckeye School athletic director. For 30 years Glen has always been an active member of the Buckeye community having four of his own kids in the school system.  30 years ago Glen started coaching in the youth leagues and has guided youngsters in softball, baseball, soccer, and basketball.  Glen was a charter member of the organization that brought soccer to the area, the director of business affairs at Buckeye for a four-year stretch, he also was the booster club president for seven years. Each position he held, he has done so with a fervor and drive. Since the inception of Right to Win, Glen has served as the organizations key advisor helping to develop it’s program and application while guiding the organization towards the kids who are most in need. With a large passion for sporting Glen believes there is nothing better than watching kids achieve their goals. 

Glen Reisner - Board Member

In 2008 Glen Reisner was selected above many to become the Buckeye School athletic director. For 30 years Glen has always been an active member of the Buckeye community having four of his own kids in the school system. 

30 years ago Glen started coaching in the youth leagues and has guided youngsters in softball, baseball, soccer, and basketball.  Glen was a charter member of the organization that brought soccer to the area, the director of business affairs at Buckeye for a four-year stretch, he also was the booster club president for seven years. Each position he held, he has done so with a fervor and drive.

Since the inception of Right to Win, Glen has served as the organizations key advisor helping to develop it’s program and application while guiding the organization towards the kids who are most in need. With a large passion for sporting Glen believes there is nothing better than watching kids achieve their goals. 

Ronney Chong - Board Member As an Art Director by trade, Ronney started his advertising career in his hometown of Toronto and now resides in New York as an Associate Creative Director. Through his career, Ronney has always created high-profile advertising for major clients such as McDonald's, Hasbro and General Mills; including TVC for the infamous E*Trade baby. Being Canadian, Ronney was fortunate enough to participate on school athletic programs for free. However, upon meeting Andrew, Ronney was inspired to see the importance of playing in a sports team and now works with Andrew as creative partners to create advertising for the Right To Win foundation.

Ronney Chong - Board Member

As an Art Director by trade, Ronney started his advertising career in his hometown of Toronto and now resides in New York as an Associate Creative Director. Through his career, Ronney has always created high-profile advertising for major clients such as McDonald's, Hasbro and General Mills; including TVC for the infamous E*Trade baby.

Being Canadian, Ronney was fortunate enough to participate on school athletic programs for free. However, upon meeting Andrew, Ronney was inspired to see the importance of playing in a sports team and now works with Andrew as creative partners to create advertising for the Right To Win foundation.

Jalin Brock - Head of Social Media Jalin Brock was our first student that was helped through Right to Win. He graduate high school in spring of 2016. He was a lineman from Buckeye High School in Medina, Ohio. Jalin will continue his academics and football careers at the University of Mount Union. While in college he will be our head social media account manager.

Jalin Brock - Head of Social Media

Jalin Brock was our first student that was helped through Right to Win. He graduate high school in spring of 2016. He was a lineman from Buckeye High School in Medina, Ohio. Jalin will continue his academics and football careers at the University of Mount Union. While in college he will be our head social media account manager.