Marvin Kanter is recognized for officiating as a referee at almost 1,000 football games over 24 years – from Little League to high school to the Lone Star Conference, often three to four times a week. He got involved with the Northwest Optimist Youth Football Association in the mid-1950’s, and never slowed down. He wanted kids to learn about sportsmanship and he visited injured athletes. He gained the respect of coaches, athletic directors, and other officials across the state. He served as President, Secretary, Division representative, and Regional Director of the Southwest Football Officials Association, Austin Chapter and was awarded the Shorty Alderson Award. He donated his time to lecture and study with coaches and officials. He also volunteered at the Dallas Cowboys training camp when the team trained in Austin.
One of his most prized awards was the game ball from the last game he worked, Reagan vs LBJ in 1990. Area coaches signed the ball and presented it to him on the field during halftime.