FOUNDER

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SAM  HUBBARD

As a native Cincinnatian, a few constants have guided, Sam throughout his life:

     FAMILY

     FOOTBALL

     HIS COMMUNITY

All about sam

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A former two-sport standout at Moeller High School, Sam was on track to attend Notre Dame on a lacrosse scholarship until a gym class encounter with Urban Meyer which would divert his path north to The Ohio State University. His time in Columbus reinforced his commitment to his state and community. After three years with the Buckeyes, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Sam with their 77th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, where he’s gone on to serve as a stand-out player on the field and a strong community advocate.

 

In 2020, the mission for the Sam Hubbard Foundation came to life in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, as uncertainty and unemployment began to skyrocket, so did the national demand on food banks. The Freestore Food Bank of Cincinnati was no exception. When Sam saw a news story reporting The Food Bank was just two weeks away from being out of food, he acted quickly to help. Sam forwarded the news story to a friend with an explicit mission in mind: we have to do something to help now. His initial text led to the creation of a GoFundMe campaign which raised over $85,000 and provided over 250,000 meals for The Freestore Food Bank. Since that time, the Sam Hubbard Foundation has been committed to fighting food insecurity in the Cincinnati community.

 

In 2021, Sam negotiated a 4 four-year contract extension to remain closest to the things that matter to him most: family, football, and his community.

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Director

Matt Kittell

As a Cincinnati native, Matt and Sam have known each other since competing against one another in 6th grade CYO basketball.

In the summer of 2018, Matt and Sam’s path crossed again. Before he knew it, Matt was putting the initial plans together for Sam’s inaugural youth football camp. 

 

Since then, Matt has had the pleasure of helping further and lead Sam’s mission of fighting food insecurity in their hometown. 

 

Matt is a proud graduate of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of Business with a background in the insight/strategy space helping brands such P&G, GE, and IKEA leverage consumer data to make more strategic business decisions across products and brands overall.  He currently resides in Oakley.

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Director

Lindsay Reisert

Lindsay’s experience in the sports marketing realm began in 2004 with her stint as an intern with the Anthony Munoz Foundation and the Marvin Lewis Community Fund (MLCF).

Lindsay helped Coach Lewis and then Executive Director, Sharon Thomas, build the organization from the ground up, taking it from an initial $10,000 donation from the Bengals, to one million in donations in a short time. She added the inaugural Marvin Lewis Youth Football Camp and the Learning Is Cool program, decreased organizational expenses, and kept her eye on he ball by maintaining a focus on quality.

 

Additionally, Lindsay helped build strong relationships with nearly 100 partner organizations and fundraising through major special events. She cultivated the Marvin Lewis Golf Classic into one of the most premiere events of its kind; her successful decision to shorten the outing to 14 holes allowed for a more relaxed and enjoyable outing and even helped raise more money at the post play auction! As it turns out, happy golfers spend more money! Another of Lindsay’s key events, Football 101, was named “Best One-of-a-Kind Experience” in Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best of the City” Award. The annual event gathers 450 very energetic women at Paul Brown Stadium for a night of football, fun and fundraising and has become a “must attend” event for the female football fan!

 

Mrs. Reisert is a proud graduate of the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Communications.   While studying at UD she was also a member of the varsity women’s softball team.  She lives in Evendale with her husband and children.

Director of Finance

Shawn Plfanz

A seasoned financial accountant with over 31 years of experience in both the profit and non-profit industries, including five years working with the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, Shawn serves as the accountant for the Sam Hubbard Foundation.

Shawn is a proud graduate of Miami University’s Farmer Business School. She lives in Loveland, Ohio with her husband and four children. With all four children now in college, she is finding more time for reading and volunteering.

graphic designer

Melanie Lang

An experienced designer specializing in web, print and event design. Mel got her start in the sports world during college where she interned for the Marvin Lewis Community Fund along side Lindsay.

Mel attended Mount St. Joseph University earning her degree in graphic design with a minor in marketing. While studying there she was also a member of the basketball and volleyball teams launching her love for all things sports.

 

She interned for The Marvin Lewis Community Fund for 3 years of her college career and continued designing for them after graduating. This lead her to obtain more jobs in the sports world with organizations like Slink Events, The Hue Jackson Foundation, The NFL Alumni- Cincinnati Chapter and The Mike Zimmer Foundation.