The Motiv8 Foundation

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

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

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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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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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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.

Marcus: On the Field

  • 2nd year in the NFL

  • Tennessee Titans finished with 9-7 record (2nd in Division)

  • Voted by team as Tennessee Titans Most Valuable Player

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

  • AFC Player of the Month (November) 1124 yards passing, 11 TDs only 2 INTs

  • Had career highs in games started (15), completions (276), yards passing (3,426), passing TDs (26), passer rating (95.6), yards rushing (349 and had career low 9 INTs.

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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.