The Boy Scouts of America Choctaw Area Council brought in a former pro running back to help its fundraising efforts.
The breakfast meeting was held to recognize those who provide funds, and make scouting happen around the area.
"We had a great turnout. We support over 5,000 kids in the local council and raised over $110,000 this morning for scouting," said council president Fred Porter. "We're looking to even bigger and better things next year and the year after. We're excited. Let me tell you, it's been great!"
Sports analyst and former football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears, Merril Hoge, was the guest speaker.
"My life philosophy has always been, find a way," said Hoge. "What that has done for me is it has inspired action. Then I get discovery. Then I formulate a plan, and I execute it. Scouting is very similar to that. The community here is being able to give back a program where kids are able to fulfill a passion. Scouting feeds that passion. They achieve great principle,s accountability, responsibility, and when you can learn that as a young guy and you're taught that by the patient people here in the scouting program you develop good people."
Hoge presented a message to the scouts, telling them to take ownership and take action to find their way in life to accomplish dreams and goals.