Founded in 1999, the Brian Muha Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Foundation’s work is
concentrated on inner-city children. Funds are raised for college scholarships and monetary help is given to inner-city programs and families.
Brian Charles Richard Muha was born on July 23, 1980 at Deaconess Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. When he was 10 months old his family moved to Westerville, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. It was the only home he ever knew. Brian attended St. Paul School, Christifideles School, and St. Charles Preparatory High School. Because of on-going pain in his heels and ankles, Brian couldn't play sports until he was 14 years old. He went out for the football team and became a starting running back and defensive back, lettering three years on the Varsity Team. He also lettered in lacrosse and wrestling and he liked to ski, camp, and hike.
Brian was an excellent student. He was in the National Honor Society, won Algebra, Chemistry, and Latin awards and took Honors and Advanced Placement courses in school. He was the freshman class president, student council secretary and student council vice president. Brian was the St. Charles delegate to Buckeye Boys' State in his senior year. Brian was a loving and caring person who always wanted to help others. He was a regular volunteer at Broadleigh Elementary School, Grant Hospital, and the St. John Community Center.
Entering his first year of college with 15 credits because of his Advanced Placement work, Brian attended Franciscan University in Steubenville from August 1998 to May 1999. He was in the Honors Program. His goal was to become a doctor.
On May 31, 1999, Brian's short life was ended when two killers who chose Brian's off-campus house at random broke in, assaulted Brian and his friend Aaron Land, and killed them. But Brian did not live - or die - in vain. His kind and charitable spirit lives on in his family and friends who are committed now to helping others in his name.
THE RUN THE RACE CLUB
We seek to spread a positive influence on society by helping young people, especially inner-city young people, develop morally and intellectually, acquiring the virtues and attitudes needed for ever-lasting happiness. We try to achieve that by establishing and supporting programs that promote the personal and educational achievement of young people. We welcome young people of all ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.
In 2005, we opened our first after-school/Saturday program in inner-city Columbus, Ohio, called the Run The Race Club.
The mailing address for The Run The Race Club, Inc. is:
880 South Wayne Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204
FRESH FOOD FOR THE CHILDREN
Our Run the Race food pantry is filled with healthy food and fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat for the children to eat, share, and take home. Every day, our ravenous, growing kids raid the pantry. We can always use your help to keep it stocked!
When Brian was accepted at Franciscan University, he was offered an academic, four year, partial scholarship but Brian asked if he could turn it down. He said, "Can't we let someone else have it? Someone who needs it more?" He wrote a letter to the University thanking them for the scholarship but asking them to give it to someone else.
In the spirit of Brian's generosity we have established the Brian Muha Memorial Scholarship Foundation for needy students.
Click here to read about George Hopkins, the first recipient of a scholarship from the Brian Muha/Aaron Land Scholarship Fund at Franciscan University.