High school tour results in $40,000 donation from Mariota and NFL
By Kim Swindell Wood | July 31, 2017 9:37 am
Saint Thomas Health teamed up with Tennessee Titans starting quarterback, Marcus Mariota, to donate a total of $40,000 to four Tennessee high schools in Sparta, McMinnville, Smithville and Woodbury. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.
Mariota personally gifted each school with a $5,000 donation to their high school football program, which was matched by an additional $5,000 to each school from the National Football League (NFL). The Saint Thomas Health Foundation also gifted each school with a $1,500 donation.
During each visit, Mariota spoke with students and families, sharing his story and inspiring them to persevere and “show up” to achieve success in high school and in life. McMinnville Mayor, Jimmy Haley, proclaimed Tuesday, July 25, 2017 “Marcus Mariota Day” across the city of McMinnville.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity that Marcus has shown to our community,” aid Andy Wachtel, CEO of Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. “It was clear that Marcus inspired and empowered students to continue pursuing their dreams academically and athletically.”
“Mariota’s visit will absolutely leave a lasting impact on the youth of our community,” said Dale Humphrey, CEO of Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville. “We are honored and humbled by Marcus Mariota’s kindness and support.”
Marcus Mariota and Saint Thomas Health began working together in 2015.