"As the 2017 recipient of the Mortell Award for the nation's Holder of The Year (HOTY), I'm excited to partner with the HOTY Foundation to raise money for my favorite hometown charity, Fields & Futures Foundation, located in Oklahoma City, OK.
My goal is to raise $10,000 to help Fields & Futures create new opportunities for Oklahoma City Public School District students to join a sports team, compete in interscholastic sports, and benefit from the experience. Participation in athletics is a proven motivator in the classroom for students. Studies prove student-athletes, when compared to their non-student-athlete peers, attend more days of school, have improved GPAs, and are more likely to graduate high school.
Having been blessed to have had the opportunity to play competitive team sports all throughout my childhood, I want to give back and help other children find a team that they can call their own. Every child in life deserves an equal playing field. Let's give every kid a perfect snap, a perfect hold, and laces out to match their efforts in achieving a brighter future."
- Connor McGinnis, University of Oklahoma