About Connor McGovern

Connor McGovern is a Fargo native and NFL center for the New York Jets; however, football is not his only passion. Connor is the spokesperson for Able Games, the region’s first all-inclusive functional fitness test. Connor attended the University of Missouri, where he pursued football and his undergrad. Connor is passionate about activity inclusivity and providing opportunities for individuals with differing abilities. “I have always wanted to be a part of my own business and philanthropy. I got that from my grandpa,” he stated in a written statement.


Able Games and the opportunities provided by this organization have been a high point of Connor’s success; however, the cancellation of 2020 Able Games was a setback that only motivated him to better this event. Allowing individuals to compete, regardless of their abilities, inspires him to continue providing an outlet for a friendly competition to unfold.


“As a professional football player, I love to compete. So for me, to be able to help this part of our population compete and have fun is something I want to help with,” says Connor. 


About Able Games

Connor McGovern partnered with Kim Pladson, Executive Director of TNT Kids Fitness and Gymnastics to create the Fargo Able Games. This event raises awareness for individuals with special needs and raises money for TNT Kids Fitness and Gymnastics. From highly skilled athletes to individuals with special needs, this event celebrates all its competitor’s abilities and gives them all an outlet to compete. Additionally, inclusivity is celebrated by all divisions on the same competitive floor. Connor’s focus with creating this event is to allow individuals to recognize how competent they are and recognize the ability that they have to compete.

You can learn more about Fargo Able Games on their Facebook Page and check out their website ablegames.org!

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Quinn Wrigley

Quinn is the Emerging Prairie Events Intern, engaging in the organization’s entrepreneurial ecosystem community. In addition, she is also a North Dakota native and a student at Concordia studying Political Science and Business.