Foundation Activity Archives

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Archives: 2020

From Thursday, October 8 2020 until Sunday, October 11 2020 the Motiv8 Foundation ran a live online auction on 2019’s My Cause My Cleats shoes designed by Taegan Smith, a student at King’s Way Christian School in Vancouver, Washington. The shoes sold, providing charitable support for the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville’s VA hospital.

Marcus Mariota’s Motiv8 Foundation
Partners With Sweet Cheeks Winery

August 17, 2020 – The Motiv8 Foundation expands local support with launch of partnership with Sweet Cheeks Winery Eugene, OR.

Known for leading by example, Marcus Mariota found a way to continue to support his communities through his foundation, Motiv8.

The Motiv8 Foundation has not only supported youth, but also shelters for homeless individuals, animal shelters, as well as frontline medical professionals in hospitals. Recently, the Motiv8 Foundation has provided:

  • 500+ meals for frontline nurses and healthcare workers, and housing for survivors of domestic violence
  • 5000+ meals to homeless shelters
  • 1000+ meals for students while schools were shut down due to COVID-19
  • 1000+ pounds of dog food to Oahu SPCA and Humane Society

Sweet Cheeks Winery is also a contributor to local efforts, raising over $15,000 for Eugene’s Greenhill Humane Society – and donating the event space for fundraising efforts for other local charities and organizations.

“We are very excited to partner with such a community minded company as Sweet Cheeks Winery,” said Ed Nishioka, Director of Motiv8 Foundation, “The Mariota family and Motiv8 are dedicated to helping the underserved communities in Oregon. Our partnership with Sweet Cheeks is a real boost in assisting us with our mission. We look forward to helping the community with Sweet Cheeks now and in the future.”

The Motiv8 Foundation and Sweet Cheeks Winery joined forces to create a label to represent both the foundation, and a nod to Mariota’s heritage. The 2018 Pinot Gris retailed at $30 and the 2018 Pinot Noir retailed at $40. Both wines have since sold out!

Motiv8 Foundation gives 5000+ meals to homeless shelters

Motiv8 continued to assist people experiencing homelessness with Giving Thanks meals in conjunction with Ruby Tuesday Hawaii. This is a Thanksgiving in May tradition. Thanksgiving meals were delivered to Homeless Shelters across Oahu. Additionally, 1000 pounds of pet food was delivered to Oahu SPCA and Humane Society.

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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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Archives: 2019

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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Archives: 2018

Motiv8 Foundation coordinated a youth art contest to be part of an awareness and fundraising campaign for Neurodegenerative Disease Awareness (ALS Therapy Development Institute).

Motiv8 worked with King’s Way Christian School in Vancouver, Washington. 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.

Watch: Marcus Mariota to wear cleats designed by King’s Way students

Read: Marcus Mariota Wears All 5 of KW Designed Cleats!

Our inspiration for raising money for ALS Research is Marcus and Motiv8 close friend Osiel Mendoza. Osiel is a fighter and been battling ther disease for almost four years. Osiel was on the field for the MyCleats MyCause game last year.

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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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Archives: 2017, 2016 & Earlier

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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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.

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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