Bobby Marshall Scholarship for Student Varsity Athletes at the University of Minnesota

I Am Running a 3K Race to Raise Money for This Scholarship on August 10

Please support my fundraising event. I am running in the Bridge of Flowers 3K Road Race on Saturday August 10, 2024. I am raising funds for the Bobby Marshall Scholarship. This scholarship is for varsity student-athletes not on full scholarship at the University of Minnesota. These students must show leadership and academic excellence.

Bobby Marshall was the first man of color to integrate a major professional team sport in the 20th Century. Marshall did this on September 26, 1920 when he stepped on the field for an N.F.L. football game. This event happened 27 years before Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball. Like Jackie Robinson, Bobby Marshall was a true pioneer. Marshall was the first African American to make All-American in the Big Ten. He did this as an end on the University of Minnesota football team in 1905 and 1906. Marshall was the first African American coach in the Big Ten as an assistant football coach for the University of Minnesota beginning in 1907. Marshall was an All Pro in the N.F.L. in 1920 and the oldest starting player in N.F.L. history at age 45 in 1925. Marshall was also one of the first African American graduates of the University of Minnesota Law School and a community leader in Minneapolis, mentoring local youth and working for fair treatment of farmers at the Minnesota State Grain Commission.

To find out more about Bobby Marshall, read my book, Breaking Through the Line: Bobby Marshall, the N.F.L.’s First African American Player. This book is available on or any Massachusetts Public Library through inter-library loan.

To donate with credit card please follow these steps.

  1. Go to
  2. On upper right select “Give now”
  3. At “Find a cause to support” near the top of the screen type “Bobby Marshall Scholarship”
  4. Select “Bobby Marshall Scholarship”
  5. Select “Make a gift”
  6. Select “Make your donation”
  7. Type in the dollar amount on the upper right
  8. Fill out “Your Information”
  9. Select “Proceed to payment”
  10. Type credit card info
  11. Select “Submit payment”

To donate with check, make check payable to the University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266. Include the Bobby Marshall Scholarship Fund # 24025 in the memo of the check.

If you decide to donate, please email me at

Thank you,

Terry McConnell