Connor Barwin is the Founder and Board President of Make The World Better Foundation. He is entering his 10th year in the NFL, currently playing with the New York Giants.
He started his NFL career with the Houston Texans in 2009 after being drafted in the second round. Connor has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams.
In 2013, during his first year with the Eagles, Connor founded the Make The World Better Foundation and has led three public park revitalization projects. Connor works closely with MTWB staff, community groups, city agencies, other nonprofits, and the business community to plan and implement each project.
Connor graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy in 2005 receiving an athletic scholarship to the University of Cincinnati where he played football and basketball. In 2007 Connor was awarded the Oscar Robertson Award in basketball, which recognizes dedication and commitment as well as on-court accomplishments. In 2008 Connor was named MVP, helping the Bearcat football team to its first Big East Championship and first BCS Orange Bowl.
During Connor’s time with the Houston Texans, he led the team with 11 ½ sacks in 2011 and their first AFC South Championship in their ten-year history. During his time in Philadelphia, Connor started every game for the Eagles and led the NFC with 14 ½ sacks in 2014. Connor was twice selected as the Eagles’ Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient in recognition of his community service efforts.
Connor’s philanthropic efforts began in 2011 when he traveled to Nigeria with Texan’s teammate Amobi Okoye’s foundation on a humanitarian mission to bring medical supplies, textbooks, and American footballs to Nigerian youth. Connor also travelled to Haiti on multiple occasions with NRG Energy to install solar panels on orphanages, schools, and hospitals. This past year Connor climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with the Eagles’ Chris Long, and former NFL long snapper and Army Green Beret Nate Boyer, alongside veterans to raise awareness about water scarcity.
Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Cincinnati. He and his wife Laura reside in Philadelphia with their infant son West David.
“I started MTWB because I wanted to build playgrounds and basketball courts, then I realized what we really do is connect neighbors which builds stronger communities. A new playground or basketball court is good; inspired and built by the community is better.”