Marcus Mariota continues to show off why his character is held in such high regard.
The former Oregon Ducks quarterback's Motiv8 Foundation in partnership with First Hawaiian Bank’s (FHB) “Aloha for Hawaii” campaign has made a $25,000 donation to the Institute for Human Services (IHS) to help out the homeless population in Hawai'i.
“There is nothing more important to me than supporting Hawaii’s children and our homeless population, especially in the current COVID-19 climate where there are so many in need,” said Hawaiian native Marcus Mariota. “I’m so hopeful that the families and children in IHS’ care will have a path to a brighter future.”
The money will be used to pay for electricity and water at IHS' Women's and Family Shelter in addition to funding a children's educational program for two and a half months.
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"With the Motiv8 Foundation’s donation, IHS joins the previously announced “Aloha for Hawaii” non-profit recipients Hawaii Meals on Wheels, The Food Basket – Hawaii Island’s Food Basket, Maui Food Bank, Kauai Independent Food Bank, The Pantry by Feeding Hawaii Together, Child and Family Service, Aloha Harvest, Hawaii Foodbank, and Blood Bank of Hawaii, in receiving contributions from the “Aloha for Hawaii” campaign, which have now reached $800,000 since the campaign began in mid-April," said a release.
The Motiv8 Foundation's mission statement reads as follows:
"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."
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