The Hoss Foundation, founded by former NFL QB Jeff Hostetler and his wife Vicky, is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization established to help meet the needs of children and/or families facing hardships due to traumatic injury, illness, or financial crisis.
Jeff and Vicky Hostetler: Founders
Jeff and Vicky Hostetler met in 1981 after he moved to Morgantown, WV, to play starting quarterback for the WVU Mountaineers. Jeff was one of seven children born to Mennonite farmer Norm Hostetler and his wife Dolly from Hollsopple, PA, while Vicky was the daughter of former WVU football coach Don Nehlen and his wife Merry Ann from Bowling Green, OH. Though they came from different backgrounds, Jeff and Vicky realized early on that they shared the same ideals regarding family and faith. The couple married immediately after graduation in 1984, the same year Jeff was drafted by the New York Giants. After six years of patient waiting, 1991 proved to be an eventful year for the Hostetlers: Jeff became the winning quarterback for the Giants in Super Bowl XXV, and he and Vicky began funding the Hoss Foundation as an arena to bless others. In the last 20 years, the Hostetlers have seen the Hoss Foundation grow from a small family affair to a non-profit organization that embraces hundreds of members in the local community. In addition, they have found other avenues to apply their hands-on approach, including visits to senior care centers, adoption assistance, and home repair and maintenance. As Jeff points out, “Words are hollow without any action behind them.” The Hostetlers’ three sons (Jason, Justin, and Tyler) respect their parents’ legacy and are continuing their mission to help those in need. “The Super Bowl victory is a good beginning on the list of what I hope to accomplish.”
Jason Hostetler: Executive Director
Executive Director Jason Hostetler is a graduate of WVU with a BS and MS in Sports Management. As a college student, Jason held many internship positions, including an exciting stint as a training camp assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jason also served as a program coordinator intern for the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences at WVU. Upon graduation and completion of his last internship, Jason’s love in Christ and pleasure in helping others led him to the Chestnut Mountain Ranch boys’ home where he helped by writing grants. After working for a few months at the Ranch, Jason received an offer from his father Jeff to help run the family organization. Jason eagerly accepted the offer, claiming “I am truly blessed to be given this opportunity to help run and grow the Hoss Foundation, and let it continue to be a beacon of God’s light in helping those families facing hardships.” In 2010, Jason married his wife Amy, who is an equally active participant in the Hoss Foundation.