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 few years of activating the Motiv8 Foundation and have already put on many 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.