Motiv8 Cares

Marcus Mariota's Motiv8 Foundation delivering meals to front line nurses in hospitals on Oahu

Starting on Monday, April 27, Marcus Mariota’s Motiv8 Foundation and Island Insurance Foundation along with Bamboo Catering will continue this meal distribution program by providing up to 500+ meals to our health care professionals at Straub Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. Our health workers have been working tirelessly to keep the rest of us healthy! Meals are also being provided to families living at Hale Maluhia, supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence and their children.

Pictures from a Wednesday, April 29th meal distribution to front line nurses at an Oahu hospital (click to view full-size):

Marcus Mariota's Motiv8 Foundation and the Island Insurance Foundation Fund Initiative to Distribute 1,000 Meals Daily While Schools are Closed!

Starting Monday, March 30th through to at least April 30th, “Grab and go” breakfasts and lunches were made available to students while schools are shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public school students 18 years old and under could pick up breakfast and lunch at Kauluwela and Palolo Elementary Schools. Prepared meals were placed on tables outside for students to pick up to avoid physical contact between volunteers and students. Meals were prepared by ABC Stores for Kauluwela and Bamboo Catering for Palolo. Volunteers with the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders and others distributed the meals with guidance from the DOE to ensure proper handling and safety. A total of 1,000 meals – 300 breakfasts and 300 lunches at Kauluwela and 200 breakfasts and 200 lunches at Palolo were distributed to students daily.

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Help us support ALS Research & Awareness!

The Motiv8 Foundation coordinated a youth art contest at King’s Way Christian School in Vancouver, Washington as part of an awareness and fundraising campaign for Neurodegenerative Disease Awareness. The school’s art program ran a contest that 60 students entered, leading to 5 finalists who were able to put their design to Marcus’ game shoe and worn during the My Cleats My Cause game.

The contest/program was very successful in raising awareness for ALS. The game shoes are now being made available to you. Proceeds from the sale of each shoe will go directly to furthering the cause of ALS Research.

Click here to see the available custom game shoes and to continue to support ALS Research & Awareness!

Support the Motiv8 Foundation

Motiv8 recently held its very successful golf tournament in Oregon. We had a few items that we are now making available to the public!

Items include:

  • Limited Edition T-Shirts
  • Motiv8 Custom See More Putters
  • Signed Official Riddell Replica Oregon Ducks Throwback Helmets
  • Signed Official Polynesian Bowl Riddell Game Helmets

CLICK HERE to go to our dedicated “Support” page to purchase one of these one-of-a-kind memorabilia!

Keep in mind these are unique items and are very limited. Once they are sold we will not have more of these items. They are truly collectible and unique for the sports fan.

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The Motiv8 Foundation is a registered non-profit public benefit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning if the IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3). Tax ID Number 47-4417194.


  • Motiv8 Foundation is sponsor of the Youth Impact Program in Hawaii. In addition to great instruction on the football field, youths were able to achieve an academic increase of 44% in Vocabulary, a 41% increase in writing, a 24% increase in Math and a 37% increase in Science. Link: Youth Impact Program At University of Hawaii 2019

  • Watch Motiv8 Foundation Highlights for 2018-2019 as told by ESPN’s Neil Everett.

  • Marcus on the cover of Midweek, February 27, 2019
    Breakfast Of Champions – “With an assist from breakfast advocate and NFL quarterback Marcus Mariota, Dawn Amano-Ige is leading the statewide initiative Jump Start Breakfast, which aims to get more children excited about their morning meals.”

  • Motiv8 Foundation is proud to help support the following organizations during this holiday season.

  • Motiv8 Partners with Zippy’s
    Go to any Zippy’s Restaurant and donate to Motiv8 by buying a donation card or purchasing the special Motiv8 meal pack.

  • Motiv8 Partners with Dutch Bros Coffee
    Motiv8 Foundation is partnering with Dutch Bros Coffee on Coffee Day. For each cup of coffee sold on Coffee Day Motiv8 will receive $1. Motiv8 will also receive $1 per cup sold at the Cal vs. Oregon football game at Autzen Stadium. (Follow Dutch Bros on Twitter@dutchbros)

About Us

Marcus Mariota
Toa Mariota
Alana Deppe-Mariota

Board of Advisors
Jerry J. Correa, Saint Francis Healthcare
Rick Chong, Albert Chong Associates
Lulu Lulu, Jr., Saint Louis School

Ed Nishioka

Operations Manager
Kari Liebertz

2020 Motiv8 Foundation Promo

Mahalo for all of your support!


My dream of playing in the NFL began at an early age in elementary school. At the same time, I also began dreaming of giving back someday and helping young kids. This is why it was important to me to start the Motiv8 Foundation. The Motiv8 Foundation began following graduation from the University of Oregon. The goal and mission of Motiv8 is exactly what our name says – to motivate young people to dream big through education and athletics.

Playing in the NFL is a privilege and has responsibilities. We, as professional athletes, have a platform to help our youth for a better tomorrow. The Motiv8 Foundation is a vehicle to giveback and help others and I have a lifetime commitment to that mission and helping as many young people as possible.

We are now in our first full year of activating the Motiv8 Foundation and have already put on several successful events to raise money and partnerships, sponsorships and associations to raise awareness. We are concentrating on helping youth in my “hometowns” in Hawaii and Oregon. We already have many exciting events scheduled for the fall of this year.

In the years to come we hope to energize our youth and help them further their education and create unique experiences to open their eyes to a brighter future. While this may seem to be an ambitious goal – in reality if we can help change the life of just one young person then I think we will be doing well.

Best wishes… Mahalo, Faʻafetai tele lava and God Bless.

Motiv8 Foundation Mission

Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Marcus Mariota grew up seeing the positive power of sport first-hand, which fueled his personal mission to use his platform as a professional athlete to create change. Driven by this mission, he established the Motiv8 Foundation during his rookie year (2015) to promote and support a healthy mind and body among youth in Hawaii, Oregon and Tennessee.

The Motiv8 Foundation aims to create and support economic and educational programs and athletic activities to provide an alternative outlet for youth of troubled neighborhoods and backgrounds. The Foundation’s programming centers around the tools for success that will allow more children to fully matriculate through grade-school and eventually attend college.

Since its launch, the Motiv8 Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars towards healthy lifestyle programming, and will continue to fulfill its mission through signature programs, strategic partnerships, and fundraising initiatives.

Symbolic of not only the Foundation’s mission, the Motiv8 name also honors Mariota’s connection to his lifelong jersey number, and the “808” area code of his hometown, Honolulu, Hawaii. As President of the Foundation, he oversees all programming decisions and drives fundraising efforts.

Foundation Activities

Habitat for Humanity: Home Reveal – Marcus and Motiv8 partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Warrick Dunn Homes to reveal two homes in Nashville to two single mother families. The families are part of Habitat’s home program and have gone through extensive vetting and classes. Motiv8’s sponsorship helped to furnish the homes and put a $5,000 down payment toward their purchase.

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Hosting Breast Cancer Survivors – The Motiv8 Foundation hosted seven military veteran breast cancer survivors and their families at Tennessee Titans practice and at game against Texans. The guests were treated to a Motiv8 goodie bag, jersey and photo with Marcus. Marcus’ MyCause cleats will benefit their Tennessee program.

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My Cause My Cleats – Marcus and Motiv8 coordinated for the second year an art contest with King’s Way Christian School in Vancouver, WA to produce Marcus’ football cleats that he would wear during the MyCause MyCleats week in the NFL. These cleats will be auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer survivors and more specifically veteran breast cancer survivors.

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This marks our 3rd year of us taking young kids to a University of Hawaii game. Earlier this year, we took kids to a Tennessee Titans and Oregon Ducks game. The smiles on each kid’s face as they step on the field, walk around the stadium and watch the game will put a smile on your face. It makes for a very emotional time.

This is a very special event for us. It was just a few years ago that Marcus was one of these bright eyed kids at a game. It sparked the beginning of a dream that has led to many big things. Because of that, these events are especially important to him. Please see our gallery below for images and a message from Marcus.

We would like to thank our partners from the After School All Stars, Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, Palama Settlement, Kalihi YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pop Warner teams, Catholic Charities, Twinke’s Waianae Group and our Motiv8 volunteers for their help with making our dream a reality. Without your partnership and support we couldn’t do what we do.

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The Motiv8 Foundation hosted 400 guests from the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley, Umpqua Valley and Rogue Valley and Springfield/Eugene Special Olympics at the September 14th Oregon vs. Montana game. Kids from as far as Medford (3 hour drive north) enjoyed the game and were treated to a Motiv8 Foundation shirt, wristband, meal vouchers and meet and greet with the Oregon players and coaches. Special thanks to all of the leaders and volunteers who helped us with this event.

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We held our second Honest 8 event at Cathedral School in Honolulu. Special thanks to Project Hiehie, Shirts of Aloha and Rainbows Drive Inn.

Many job opportunities were offered to participants. Thanks to Ruby Tuesday Hawaii, Gyukaku, Rainbows Drive Inn, Big City Diner, Pro Service and other employers who participated.

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The Motiv8 Foundation held its 6th golf tournament on June 20th, 2019 at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Portland, Oregon.

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On June 4-5 2019, Motiv8 was a presenting sponsor of GPA Hawaii.

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On May 23rd 2019, the Motiv8 Foundation and Ruby Tuesday Hawaii partnered to “Give Thanks,” feeding 4000+ people experiencing homelessness, workers, and staff at shelters across the island of Oahu. Additionally, they provided 1,000 pounds of dog food to the Hawaiian Humane Society and the Oahu SPCA.

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Motiv8 Foundation was a gold sponsor at this year’s Special Olympics Hawaii Cheer for Champions event held on Friday, May 24th 2019, at Les Murakami Stadium on the University of Hawaii campus. Marcus was a surprise guest and was a fan favorite with all of the Special Olympians.

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The Motiv8 Foundation held its 5th golf tournament on March 25, 2019 at Oahu Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

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Friday, April 5th, 2019: Motiv8 sponsored a job fair for people experiencing homelessness. Participants were able to interview with 12 companies/service providers, take a shower, get a hair cut from stylists from Paul Mitchell, get work clothes from Shirts of Aloha and lunch from Rainbow Drive Inn. There was even live entertainment. All employers were very happy with turnout and loved the concept. The goal was to find one person a job and change their life, however, the initial reports were 5 people got job offers and up to 5 more are possible! It was a great success.

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Saturday, September 1st, 2018: The Motiv8 Foundation hosted a group of about 400 kids from the Eugene Boys & Girls Club to the University of Oregon vs. Bowling Green season-opening game at the Autzen Stadium. The Motiv8 Foundation also partnered with the Ducks to raise funds for those impacted by Hurricane Lane in Hawaii.

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Saturday, October 6th, 2018: The Motiv8 Foundation hosted 1,200 kids and guests at the October 6th Hawaii vs. Wyoming game at Aloha Stadium. The groups represented were After School All Stars, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA, Waianae and Palama Settlement. Guests were treated to a bento lunch, Motiv8 T-shirt, tour of the stadium and field and an exciting Warrior win.

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The Motiv8 Foundation held its 4th golf tournament on July 16, 2018 at the Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Oregon.

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The Motiv8 Foundation held its 3rd golf tournament on March 26, 2018 at Oahu Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

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Marcus and Motiv8 Foundation were major sponsors of the 2018 Polynesian Bowl. Marcus also hosted 900 kids from After School All Stars, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics and HAIA.

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Saturday, October 28th, 2017: Motiv8 Foundation Night at UH Football

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Motiv8 Highlight Reel 10-28-17

Motiv8 Night Message From Marcus

The Motiv8 Foundation held its second golf tournament in Springfield, Oregon on July 10, 2017 at the Springfield Country Club.

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The Motiv8 Foundation held its inaugural golf tournament in Honolulu on March 27, 2017 at Oahu Country Club. A full field was treated to a fun day of golf, food by top Hawaii chefs, prizes, silent auction and prize giveaways. This year’s tournament was combined with a donation by First Hawaiian Bank for $115,000 that was raised from the Marcus bobblehead doll sale. Next year’s tournament is already set for March 26, 2018 at Oahu Country Club.

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The Motiv8 Foundation was the presenting sponsor for the GPA College Football Showcase. The Showcase is the largest event for High School Football players in Hawaii. This year it featured 425 participants and 42 college coaches generating more than 200 scholarship, financial aid and football related opportunities for participants. Marcus welcomed participants via a video message before the start of the showcase.

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Through his Motiv8 Foundation, Marcus was a major sponsor of the inaugural Polynesian Bowl. His Team Mariota lost a close game to Team Stanley (Raven’s Ronnie Stanley) in a game played with custom Nike uniforms provided by the Motiv8 Foundation. Motiv8 also provided all of the Nike gear including footballs, gear bags, game shoes, shirts, shorts, training shoes, practice gear to all the players and gear for the coaching staff.

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The Motiv8 Foundation along with Island Insurance presented school supplies to Likelike Elementary School. The lucky students received a Nike back pack along with all of the school supplies on their upcoming school list. Marcus was able to spend time with the students and answer questions.

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Marcus joined forces with the Mayor’s Office of Nashville to provide 2,500 school supply packed back packs to deserving students in the Nashville metro area. Marcus provided the Nike back packs and school supplies for the event.

Marcus participated in the Habitat for Humanity build in Nashville that built homes for deserving families. He was able to sling a hammer instead of a football in constructing several homes.

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Marcus was featured player during Pro Bowl Week at 2016 Pro Bowl in Honolulu. Marcus spoke at Pro Bowl on the Beach event and was part of group of current and former NFL Players from Hawaii showcased during halftime with their high schools.

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The Motiv8 Foundation is a registered non-profit public benefit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning if the IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3). Tax ID Number 47-4417194.

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Marcus: On the Field

  • 4th year in the NFL

  • Tennessee Titans

  • Voted by team as Tennessee Titans Most Valuable Player

  • Pro Bowl Alternate (would have played in Pro Bowl if wasn’t injured)

  • NFL records

    • First player in NFL history to pass for at least 250 yards with 3 touchdowns and rush for more than 100 yards in the same game.
    • First quarterback in NFL history to record 6 total touchdown passes within the first two games of his career.
    • First player in the Super Bowl era with a perfect passer rating in first NFL start.
    • First player to have both a receiving and passing touchdown in a playoff game.
    • First player to throw a touchdown pass to himself in the playoffs.
    • Youngest quarterback to reach perfect passer rating: (21 years, 318 days) September 13, 2015.
    • Youngest player to throw for 4 touchdowns in a game: (21 years, 318 days) September 13, 2015.
    • First rookie to have two games with 4 touchdown passes and no interceptions.
    • First quarterback in NFL history to throw 4 touchdown passes in the first half of his NFL debut.
  • Titans franchise records

    • Most passing touchdowns in a season by a rookie: 19
    • Most completions in a season by a rookie since moving to Tennessee: 230
    • Most passing yards in a season by a rookie since moving to Tennessee: 2,818
    • Most passing attempts in a season by a rookie since moving to Tennessee: 370
    • Most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback: 112
    • Longest run by a quarterback: 87 yards
    • Youngest quarterback in franchise history to throw for over 300 yards in a game since moving to Tennessee: (21 years, 332 days) September 27, 2015
    • First quarterback to catch a touchdown reception
    • First player to throw a touchdown pass to himself
    • First rookie to start at quarterback in Week 1
    • Highest season completion percentage by a rookie (62.2)
    • Highest single game completion percentage (95.7)

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The Motiv8 Foundation is a registered non-profit public benefit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning if the IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3). Tax ID Number 47-4417194.