Mariota hosts 8th charity golf tournament to ‘rejuvenate’ ahead of first season with Commanders

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii’s Marcus Mariota returned to Oahu on Monday for the 8th Annual Motiv8 Foundation Golf Tournament.

This year’s tournament is a special one, with 2024 marking his 10th season in the NFL and the 10-year anniversary of his Heisman win.

The Motiv8 tournament was held for the first time at Hoakalei Country Club.

An event that Mariota and his team are organizing, not just for a day at class, but a way to raise awareness for the work his foundation does in communities in Hawaii and across the country.

“It’s very important that we can put everything together,” Mariota told reporters. “Not just to say thank you, but to raise awareness and maybe define what’s going to happen over the next year for people, so it’s really a blessing.”

Mariota is about to enter his 10th NFL season, which also marks a decade since he became the first Hawaii-born athlete to take home the Heisman Trophy.

So the tour is appropriately themed as a callback to his Oregon days.

“It’s crazy that it’s been 10 years since the Heisman, so that’s what we’re talking about the whole tournament,” Mariota said. “Green and yellow presents, you know, green and yellow slippers, it’s crazy that it’s been this long.”

The NFL vet is also set to begin his first season with the Washington Commanders – his fourth team in as many years.

However, the former No. 2 overall pick is trying to enjoy what’s left of the offseason at home.

“I try to spend about a week here and then I train in Oregon, so I spend about the rest of the month there,” Mariota said. “Seriously, for me it’s about coming back, rejuvenating, it’s time to reflect and get ready to go.”

Mariota is doing his best to make this round a memorable one, filling the day with giveaways and prizes, and also giving all the players a chance to play with him.