Merril Hoge

Merril Hoge

When Merril talked about his dream of playing in the NFL all he heard was, "that will be too hard", "you can’t beat those odds", "it's impossible", and "son don’t put all your eggs in one basket!"

That inspired him to write the phrase Find a Way and put it on the top of the wall above all his goals. Find a Way would become a life-long philosophy that helped him achieve his dream of playing in the NFL, but also has helped him deal with the near loss of his hand as a young boy, the loss of his mother at a young age, overcome severe head trauma and battle and beat cancer. It has also become a parenting tool and helped him realize the magic that exists in all of us!

Since 1999, Merril has been the Chairman of the Board for the Highmark Caring Foundation, a non‐profit organization with centers throughout Pennsylvania that is committed to being a tangible advocate for grieving children, uninsured children and children with special needs.

He has also been a long-time Co-Captain of the very successful Caring Team for Children in southwestern Pennsylvania and has for twelve years Co-lead the Hoge Ward Celebrity Golf Classic for Children with star Pittsburgh Steeler receiver Hines Ward. Both initiatives serve to raise funds and awareness for the programs of the Caring Foundation.

Merril’s drive to do more continues with the launch of his Find A Way clothing line designed to inspire those facing challenges in their lives to Find a Way to win. Proceeds from the sale of his clothing line will be donated to the Caring Foundation.

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