The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at work

April 19th, 2014 by

…in New Jersey!

“My department received a grant from your foundation during the last NFL season to purchase a new K9 for our department. I was chosen to be assigned to the K-9 unit and be the dog’s handler. Let me start off by saying that I am extremely grateful and can not describe in words how thankful I am that our department was chosen for this grant.

K9 ‘Ajax’ and I will be completing our first training school (Narcotics Scent Detection) in approximately two weeks. Then in September we will be starting “Patrol School” together. K9 has always been a goal and a dream of mine and because of your foundation I was able to achieve it. Once again, thank you very much for your generosity and for choosing our department.” – Officer John G. Reuter, Fort Lee (NJ) Police Department, in an email to the website on March 27, 2014.



Today, from Noah Cohen, NJ.com – Bergen edition:

FortLeePD_April192014_WSA police dog funded through the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation hit the streets after graduating from an 11-week program teaching the German Shepherd to sniff out drugs, officials announced this week.

Police Officer John Reuter’s K-9 partner Ajax became the department’s seventh dog since its K-9 squad was formed in 1990, Chief Keith Bendul said.

The borough’s two K-9 teams will work varying shifts, allowing up to 16 hours of service a day, the chief added. The dogs will be available seven days a week.

The dog teams are a boon to public safety, responding to crimes in progress and missing persons calls, according to Bendul.

The department’s newest K-9 team was made possible through a $6,500 grant from Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, the chief said. Seized assets helped pay for the K-9 patrol car and gear, with no cost to taxpayers.


You can read more here.

You can read more about Ben’s foundation here.


Photo: Members of the Fort Lee Police Department and Borough Council don Steelers caps in honor of Ajax’s graduation from his first training school.


*Again, thank you to the Fort Lee Police Department and Officer Reuter for keeping us up-to-date on K9 Ajax!


Easter Memories

April 17th, 2014 by


Carlee Roethlisberger shared one of her favorites with us from 1991:


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She and her big brother were all smiles after discovering what the Easter Bunny had left for them that April morning – a little yellow bunny and candy for her, Chicago Bulls shorts and an official Michael Jordan basketball for 9-year old Ben (how did that fit in his basket?)!

And it won’t be long before Baylee and her big brother, Benjamin Jr. are posing with their Easter basket treasures!


*Thank you Carlee!


You can see more family photos here.


The weather is warming up

April 14th, 2014 by

…which means registration for Ben’s Football Camp is heating up!!

Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner! You still have time to sign your child up to join Ben for some football fun and instruction at his annual football camp, sponsored by ProCamps Worldwide! But spots are filling up fast!

“I went to Ben’s camp the past three years and both times it was a phenomenal experience! He was so involved and you could tell that he loved every minute of the camp (he even threw a pass to every camper). I wasn’t too interested in the football learning aspect (because I don’t play football) but that part was greatly detailed as well! I learned a lot! I also was fortunate enough to have some of Ben’s teammates coach my groups as well! Overall it was a great experience that I would do again in a heartbeat. Those four days were some of the best days of my life!” – Maddie Mulinaro, the 2012 Day 1 ‘Camper of the Day’ (see photo below), and now a Camp volunteer.



MaddieThe Camp is open to boys and girls, ages 7-14.

Ben will be joined by a selection of the top prep and college coaches from the area.

Each day, the campers will experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills of football. Individual groups will be small to assure that each camper gets maximum instruction.

Ben will give daily talks highlighting the finer points of the game of football and beyond. Parents and guests will be able to listen to camp guests in designated areas at each location.

And you never know which of #7′s teammates will show up to help out! Kids that attend Ben’s Camp have had the opportunity to meet and get personal instruction from Brett Keisel, Charlie Batch, as well as the man himself, Coach Tomlin!


You might even get an appearance by Benjamin Jr and his little sister, Baylee this year!


Dates: June 16th & 17th, 2014

Times: 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Place: Seneca Valley High School, Harmony, PA

Cost: $199. Use the code BigBen7 for $20 off the registration fee.


*If you use the code BigBen7 when you register, you’ll receive a $20 discount off the registration fee, courtesy of ProCamps!

“I took my two grandsons (Brian and Zack Wingard) to the Ben Roethlisberger camp this week — as a university professor I would give you an A+ –the camp was exceptional – well organized, well run, and something both informative and enjoyable for all the campers. Well worth every penny. Good work!” - Bob Regan



CoachTomlin Each camper will receive -

• Camp T-Shirt
• Autographed Camp team photo with Ben
• 7 Hours of expert instruction
• Opportunity to win contests and prizes

In the event of heavy rain or inclement weather, the camp will be moved to a nearby indoor facility. Camp instruction and other related activities will continue inside the facility.

Parents will be notified of the indoor location in the Camp Bulletin that they receive at check-in on the first day of camp.

The camp is sponsored by Giant Eagle and Heinz!


“Our son Matthew has been playing football for some time and this is his first football camp. My husband and I are really impressed how nicely it was run and organized. For the kids we believe it was an awesome experience they will treasure.”– Diane Reynard



A fun and educational experience is guaranteed!

Spots are limited, so participants are encouraged to register early.


You can sign your youngster up for the camp here.

You can see more photos here.

You can watch videos from the camp here (mid-way down the page).

You can read more testimonials from parents and grandparents here.


Back on the home page by popular demand!

April 11th, 2014 by

This one was such a big hit that not only has it made an unexpected return, but we’ve also made it into our version of the Friday Happy Dance!

From his original post on February 21st, we bring you the “crazy hair” baby dance to start your weekend off on the right foot:



“It was my first time watching the Grammys and IT WAS FUN!!! I LOVED all the music, and I think I’m totally rockin’ the crazy hair look too (it was after bath time)!” – Jr.



Hoping all in Steeler Nation have a great weekend!


Ready to enjoy a great time…

April 9th, 2014 by

to support a great cause?

Then purchase your tickets NOW for the Third Annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser on June 22nd, at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, PA.

Proceeds from the event will benefit K-9 Police and Fire Units throughout the country, and Make-A-Wish®.


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Join your host (and drummer) Big Ben, his family and teammates for an evening that includes a strolling dinner, a live and silent auction, and live music to get you dancing from the group, NightSong!

Date: Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Place: Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale, PA

Ticket price: $200/per person

Attire: Casual and Comfortable

*Must be 21 years of age or older to attend!


Tickets will go fast, so purchase yours now! Don’t miss out!


You can see more great photos from last year’s event here.




How does 18 holes of golf sound for the next day?

You can join Ben on the course at the beautiful Treesdale Golf and Country Club in Gibsonia, PA on June 23rd for the Third Annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational!

As with the event at Jergels on Sunday night, Monday’s tournament will benefit both Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.


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The tournament was a huge success last year raising over 100,000 for both of Ben’s Foundation causes: the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia as well as K-9 Police and Fire Units across the country.

118 golfers, including teammate and friend Brett Keisel, Mr. Art Rooney II, Steelers Great Franco Harris, Penguins Great Mario Lemieux, and former Steeler and current ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge, joined Ben for a full day of golf, games, food and a raffle.

Did we say food?

Yes! Golfers enjoyed both a lunch buffet served on the patio before heading out on the course, and a delicious dinner in the clubhouse after the tournament featuring several buffet stations. On the course, the golfers were treated to made-to-order Primanti Bros sandwiches from a specially prepared golf dining cart!

Space is limited for the tournament, so make your golfing plans NOW!


You can sign up for the tournament, or learn more about it here.

You can see an album full of photos from last year’s Invitational here.


If you unable to attend either event, but would like to make a donation, click here.


*Thank you to Jessica Duffaut at the Giving Back Fund, Justin Aquilante at ProServ Events, Sheila Weiner & Cortney Stitt at The Event Group, Dan Jergel, and Teresa Varley, Steelers.com!


#WishesInFlight

April 7th, 2014 by


For the Make-A-Wish Foundation:





Steeler Nation Spotlight:

April 6th, 2014 by

On Pittsburgh cityscape photographer David Dicello!


If you’re not following David on Twitter or Facebook, THIS is what you’re missing out on:

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“Pittsburgh. The Steel City. The City of Champions. The City of Bridges. It has many names, but I know it by one: home. Pittsburgh is the perfect combination of “big” city living and a small town feel. We have history in our steel mills, our sports teams and our culture that make us unique in terms of great American cities. The other thing that is great about the ‘Burgh from a photography standpoint is that no matter how you look at it, you are sure to have an incredible view. From high up on Mt. Washington or the West End Overlook, or down low on the North Shore or Point State Park, the views of my hometown rival some of the best in the world.

“But probably my favorite thing about Pittsburgh is the pride that the people who live there have. We are proud to say where we are from, proud to be from a city that was the keystone of industry in the United States for so many years. The people who leave here always want to come back, because there really isn’t any place quite like Pittsburgh anywhere else.” – David, BIG Pittsburgh sports fan.


You can see more of his breathtaking images – many of which he shares on social media – of Pittsburgh, Heinz Field, PNC Park, and the Penquins on the ice, on the portfolio page of his website!


*David, thank you for following the website and for sharing your beautiful work with us!


The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at work

April 3rd, 2014 by

“Officer Fritsch is heading to Indiana with Santo this weekend for the start of K9 training! We are very excited to have another K9 to help us in our efforts to combat the influx of drugs in our community. In addition, we are extremely grateful for the grant opportunity through the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. Budgets are so tight and the funding from BRF aids in accomplishing our mission.” – Captain Ben Bliven, Wausau Police Department, to us on March 28, 2014.



Ben’s foundation had a busy 2013-2014 season, distributing more than $135,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country. We are so pleased to share with you these updates from some of the agencies that received those grants:


From WSAU News in Wisconsin:

Santo_OfficerFritsch_WausauPD_1Wausau Police officers have a new K-9 helper. Captain Ben Bliven says the new four-legged officer was brought to Wausau last weekend for his initial orientation. “Santo is our newest addition to the police department. He is a two-and-a-half year old German Shepherd, and his partner will be Shawn Fritsch, who is our newest canine handler.”

Santo and officer Shawn Fritsch will be leaving this weekend for Denver, Indiana to train for six weeks before going on patrol together.

It costs police departments anywhere from ten to thirteen thousand dollars to acquire new K-9’s. Bliven says Santo was purchased with a grant they received from a professional football player’s foundation that focuses on police dogs. “We were able to purchase Santo with the funding that we received from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation grant that we received back in December.”


You can read more here.

Wausau PD
@WausauPD has a new K9, Santo. Thanks @_BigBen7 for the grant for our newest drug-fighting force! #Steely_Santo


“Welcome SANTO to our department. Ofc Shawn Fritsch picked him up from Denver, Indiana, Von Liche Kennels on Sunday. Thanks to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for the funding to help improve our community.” – Posted by the Wausau (MI) Police Department on their official Facebook page, March 26, 2014.




From Officer Reuter, Fort Lee (NJ) Police Department in an email sent on March 27, 2014:

Hello,

My name is Police a Officer John G. Reuter and I am with the Fort Lee Police Department in Fort Lee NJ. My department received a grant from your foundation during the last NFL season to purchase a new K9 for our department. I was chosen to be assigned to the K-9 unit and be the dog’s handler. Let me start off by saying that I am extremely grateful and can not describe in words how thankful I am that our department was chosen for this grant.

K9 “Ajax” and I will be completing our first training school (Narcotics Scent Detection) in approximately two weeks. Then in September we will be starting “Patrol School” together.

K9 has always been a goal and a dream of mine and because of your foundation I was able to achieve it.

Once again, thank you very much for your generosity and for choosing our department.


Thank you Officer Reuter and the Fort Lee Police Deparment!



Remember Rocco, but welcome Beny!


From Margaret Harding, at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Beny_OfficerLerzaLife without Pittsburgh police K9 Rocco has been hard, his former handler said Tuesday.

“It’s been a long three months, but I’m better,” Officer Phil Lerza said. “I just want to thank everybody for the support.”

Lerza said he has begun training with Beny, a 13-month-old mix between a German shepherd and Belgian Malinois that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation bought for him.

“We just started, but it looks good so far,” Lerza said.

Lerza attended a check presentation ceremony Tuesday at the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union in Elliott. The Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 and the credit union received more than $23,000 in donations that came in after Rocco, an 8-year-old German shepherd, died of injuries from a stabbing attack in January.

“It’s amazing, actually,” Lerza said of the donations.

The money will go into a Pittsburgh Foundation fund to benefit the city police K9 unit.


You can read more here.



Celina Pompeani @CelinaPompeani
The martins ferry PD got a $9500 grant from @_BigBen7 foundation to support their K-9 unit and adorable Ecko!!



From Kayla Van Dyne, at the Times Leader:

EckoMARTINS FERRY – The city’s police department recently received three grants that will go toward the betterment of the department and the service it provides to the city.

A check was presented to Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland at a press conference that was held Wednesday.

The largest grant was $9,500 from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation through the Giving Back Fund. The money from this grant will go toward general expenses and veterinarian care of Martins Ferry K-9, Ecko.

“I want to extend a huge thank you to the Jefferson County Humane Society and the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for this grant. This money will go toward insurance for Ecko, which is an important thing in case something would happen to him,” said K-9 unit handler Chad Kuhn. “This was a blessing, and I did not expect it. We were doing OK without it, but now we are going to do even better.”

Ecko is a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois and is a dual purpose K-9, which means he is trained in narcotics, suspect apprehension and tracking.


You can read more here.



And before putting the brakes on this post, we leave you with this:

EdinboroPDcruiserOn February 13, 2014, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation awarded a grant to the Edinboro Borough (PA) Police Department…

and on March 27, 2014, a local Edinboro business spotted the foundation’s logo on a bumper sticker proudly displayed on an Edinboro police cruiser.

Folks at the Edinboro Hotel, a turn of the century landmark, took the time to tweet a great photo as well as their thanks to Ben:

@EdinboroHotel
@_BigBen7 Edinboro Police new K9 vehicle looking good w/ your logo on it. The community thanks you for your grant!




*Thank you so much to Officer Fritsch, Captain Bliven, Officer Lerza, Officer Kuhn, Chief of Police McFarland, Celina Pompeani, and the Edinboro Hotel!


It’s Spring!!

April 1st, 2014 by

And registration for Ben’s Football Camp is in full swing!!

“My boys had a great time today at camp! My youngest getting to ask Ben a question and my oldest son Andrew catching a 50 yard bomb over the outside shoulder (come on Ben! ;-) ) made for lifelong memories. I wish I was there to see it in person, but through the wonders of YouTube, I was able to watch it from Afghanistan. I hope Paul Chryst and Todd Haley were watching! Thanks for having the camp! Keep up the good work!!” – CDR Mark Ziegler, SC, USN



Summer is not far behind so sign your child up now to join Ben in June for some football instruction and fun at his Annual Football Camp. The Camp is sponsored by ProCamps Worldwide and you can save $20 on the registration fee now!


3The Camp is open to boys and girls, grades 1 through 8.

Ben will be joined by a selection of the top prep and college coaches from the area.

Each day, the campers will experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills of football.

Individual groups will be small to assure that each camper gets maximum instruction.

Ben will give daily talks highlighting the finer points of the game of football and beyond. Parents and guests will be able to listen to camp guests in designated areas at each location.

And you never know which of Ben’s friends will show up to help out #7! Kids that attend Ben’s Camp have had the opportunity to meet and get instruction from Brett Keisel, Charlie Batch, and Coach Tomlin.

You might even get an appearance by Benjamin Jr!


Dates: June 16th & 17th, 2014

Times: 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Place: Seneca Valley High School, Harmony, PA

Cost: $199. Use the code BigBen7 for $20 off the registration fee.

“I would like to express my thanks to Ben for hosting his camp the last 2 days! He made a dream come true for my son (and myself). I would also like to extend a very special thanks to Brenda (Ben’s mom). My son, who’s only 7, was very nervous and too scared to go on the field. Brenda was walking by and noticed us and stopped. She talked to him and then noticed her shoes were the same color as his and they compared shoes. This helped very much to eased his nerves. After that, he had the courage to go out on the field and had a wonderful time both days! Again – thank you Brenda!”– John Fasick



RHJ_NiceCatch Each camper will receive -

• Camp T-Shirt

• Autographed Camp team photo with Ben

• 7 Hours of expert instruction

• Opportunity to win contests and prizes

In the event of heavy rain or inclement weather, the camp will be moved to a nearby indoor facility. Camp instruction and other related activities will continue inside the facility.

Snacks, drinks and assorted camp items will be available for purchase.

Parents will be notified of the indoor location in the Camp Bulletin that they receive at check-in on the first day of camp.


“My son, Ryan Landry is 7 years old! He was so excited to get to camp that he was up and ready to go at 5:30am! He absolutely loved his first day! He loves the coaches and his teammates! He was in awe that he was playing football on the same field as Ben! What a great camp for the kids, very organized and fun for everyone! He can’t wait for tomorrow! Thank you for a great experience!” – Jamie Landry



A fun and educational experience is guaranteed!

Spots are limited, so participants are encouraged to register early.


You can sign your youngster up for the camp here. Don’t forget to use the code BigBen7 for $20 off the registration fee.

You can read more testimonials from parents and grandparents here.

You can see more photos here.

You can watch videos from the camp here (mid-way down the page).


Photo credit: Camp parent Rich Hoelke, Jr.


It’s Opening Day!

March 31st, 2014 by


Let’s Go Bucs!!!

August 28th, 2013: Benjamin Jr. enjoys his first Pirates game.

August 28th, 2013: Benjamin Jr. enjoys his first Pirates game.


Wishing the best of luck & success to the Pittsburgh Pirates throughout the 2014 season!


MAGAZINE/BOOK ALERT!

WHAT: Nothing at this time
WHEN:
WHERE:

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
WHEN: Sunday, June 22, 2014
WHERE: Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, Warrendale, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance here.

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational
WHEN: Monday, June 23, 2014
WHERE: Treesdale Golf and Country Club, Gibsonia, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance to play in the tournament (foursomes only) here.

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
WHEN: June 16th & 17th, 2014 – 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM
WHERE: Seneca Valley High School, Harmony, PA
REGISTRATION: $199. Use the code BigBen7 for $20 off the registration fee.
SIGN-UP: ProCamps.com

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: Guest Speaker – Lou Holtz Hall of Fame Dinner
WHEN: Monday, June 16, 2014
WHERE: St. Florian Hall in Wintersville, OH
TICKETS: $110 per person. To pre-order (prior to the Jan 16, 2014 ticket sale date) call 330-386-5443 and ask for Robin Webster or Rosemary Mackall, Director of Development.

 


2013 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

8/10 Pre-Season – NY Giants Loss 18-13
8/19 Pre-Season @ Washington Loss 24-13
8/24 Pre-Season – Kansas City Loss 26-20
8/29 Pre-Season @ Carolina Loss 25-10
9/8 Tennessee Loss 16-9
9/16 @ Cincinnati Loss 20-10
9/22 Chicago Loss 40-23
9/29 London vs Min Loss 34-27
10/6 BYE N-A
10/13 @ NY Jets Win 19-6
10/20 Baltimore Win 19-16
10/27 @ Oakland Loss 21-18
11/3 @ New England Loss 55-31
11/10 Buffalo Win 23-10
11/17 Detroit Win 37-27
11/24 @ Cleveland Win 27-11
11/28 @ Baltimore Loss 22-20
12/8 Miami Loss 34-28
12/15 Cincinnati Win 30-20
12/22 @ Green Bay Win 38-31
12/29 Cleveland win 20-7