Starting the holiday weekend off right

July 1st, 2016 by

…with Billy Joel at PNC Park!!


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Not bad for a first concert, Bodie! Hope you enjoy the “Piano Man” as much as Dad does!



There’s nothing better

July 1st, 2016 by

…on a summer night than catching lightning bugs with Daddy!


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I love to watch the lightning bugs,
flying all around.
Blinking their lights all through the air
and sometimes on the ground.

I look at them in wonder,
as each does light the night.
Feeling like they’re part of me,
watching them in flight.

Now every summer I come to watch,
those bugs put on their show.
Flying high and flying low,
blinking, blinking as they go.

— Donald E. Burns.



Callin’ all Myrtle Beachers…

June 28th, 2016 by

It’s summertime, and if you’re a fan of Myrtle Beach and the Steelers, chances are pretty good that you’ve been to Ben’s restaurant, the King Street Grille in the Market Commons!

Well, if you like the food & the mood, King Street would love for you to cast your vote to make them one of the “Happening” places on the Grand Strand!

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There are two “Best Of” competitions in Myrtle Beach every year.

The Happening is the first one. King Street Grille has been nominated in five categories, and so far is winning in three!​

Click on the links and give ’em a vote!! (They could use some help in the Salads and Burgers categories)

Don’t delay – voting ends July 15th so put down the sunblock, grab your phone or your tablet and VOTE!

Vote KSG Best Sports Bar:
http://grandstrand.happeningmag.com/happeninglist/2016-drink-sports-bar/

Vote KSG Best Salad:
http://grandstrand.happeningmag.com/happeninglist/2016-food-salad/

Vote KSG Best Trivia Night:
http://grandstrand.happeningmag.com/happeninglist/2016-drink-trivia-night/

Vote KSG Best Burger:
http://grandstrand.happeningmag.com/happeninglist/2016-food-burger/

Vote KSG Best Wings:
http://grandstrand.happeningmag.com/happeninglist/2016-food-wings/


Let’s make King Street Grille a winner & continue to make Myrtle Beach Steelers Strong!!!


Your favorite players will be at training camp next month

June 26th, 2016 by

…but your favorite legends will be in VA!

Pack up the kids and the car and head to the Collector’s Showcase of America Summer Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA the weekend of July 15-17, 2016!

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Look who will be there: Jerome Bettis (HOF 2015), Terry Bradshaw (HOF 1989), Jack Lambert (HOF 1990), Joe Greene (HOF 1987), Kevin Greene (HOF 2016), Rod Woodson (HOF 2009), and Kordell Stewart!


Sports fans will have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from these big names of the games too:

NFL stars (past & present) like Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Deion Sanders, Randy Moss, Mark Moseley, Ray Lewis, Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer, Tony Dorsett, Brian Bosworth & Larry Brown.

MLB stars like Johnny Bench, Frank Thomas, Eddie Murray, Andruw Jones & Dwight Gooden.

NBA stars like Julius Erving, Kevin McHale & George Gervin.

And Wresting Superstar Ric Flair.

This is a well-organized show and attended by many. In fact, one quick stroll through the parking lot and you’ll think you’re in Pittsburgh South. There are also many reputable sports dealers on hand selling everything from autographed items to sports cards to vintage sports memorabilia.


You can see the full list of athletes, along with the day & times they will be available, as well as ticket and lodging information here.

Ben was there for their Summer Show last year and had a great time!


Happy Lil’ Camper

June 22nd, 2016 by

Benjamin Jr. has waited patiently the last two years for HIS turn to be on the field with the big kids at Dad’s football camp….

And THIS was the YEAR – his YEAR! Not only did he run in a race with the big kids, and do some drills, but he was a big help on the field as well!

“The toddler walked and ran around the camp like he owned it, racing in one of the smokehouse 40-yard dash heats and even trying out some drills.” — Megan Ryan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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“This is me helping daddy on the field. Yup, I’m big enough to be out there with the other kids, and I even get to help like a real coach!” — Benjamin, Jr.



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“My daddy. Isn’t he great?” — Benjamin Jr.



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“Some day I’m going to be an elite Super Bowl winning quarterback just like my dad!”



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“Yup, some day….”



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Whoa! Hold on a minute! This one feels a little soft!



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“Mr. Vince got me to stay still long enough to take a picture with Baylee and our Pops on Father’s Day! We love Pops!!”



(My baby brother Bodie is too little to play at camp. He stayed cool in the shade with mommy)



“Mr. Vince” is Vince Rush, a photographer and BIG Steelers fan that came from Ohio to take amazing action photos for Ben’s camp. Here’s a small collection of his work in collages –

“I have always been a fan of Ben Roethlisberger the quarterback, but after this weekend and after spending a lot of time carefully observing his genuine caring and interaction with the kids, I became a big fan of Ben Roethlisberger, the individual. You can always spot a non-authentic individual from a mile away. Ben was genuinely authentic and really cared about, and appreciated the kids that attended the camp.” — Vince Rush.



Step by step instruction from #7:

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“My son has attended the camp 3 years in a row and loves it. It is so nice how Ben interacts with all of the kids and throws each of them a pass. Ben’s kids are so cute and fun to watch as they run all over camp. We can’t wait to attend again next year.” — Jennifer Algeri Lippmann.

Brooke Bestor ‏@BrookeBestor
8+ hour drive and 3 hours of sleep all worth it the moment my 6 year old laid eyes on Big Ben! @CitiPrivatePass @ProCamps @_BigBen7


“Great job, Ben!! So nice of you to give of your time to be with the children. You are such a great mentor for the kids! Plus, you are a great quarterback! GO BEN!!!” — Reno Davis.

“We drove 417 miles for Big Ben’s football camp what a blast!” — Jennifer O’Leary.


“This was the second year in a row our daughter Chloe attended the Ben Roethlisberger ProCamp! It was just as awesome as last year! Thank you to Ben for having this camp again and for sharing part of his Father’s Day with all of us! He is great and so kind to each of the campers. He takes the time to throw a pass to each one! Simply incredible. The organizers do an amazing job each year! They make it a memorable experience for all who attend.” — Lisa Booth.


Throwing a pass to every camper:

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“During these ten years of camp, Ben has raised over $500,000 for charity and has thrown a pass to more than 4,000 kids.” — ProCamps.


Gretchen Haddox ‏@haddoxgrettie
Great day! Ben threw 400 passes to the kids! Wow! @_BigBen7

“I was at the camp yesterday and saw how much fun the kids, including Ben, Jr. were having. Ben is a great mentor and kids came with their parents from all over the USA …..one kid who won an award was from California. The license plates on the cars in the parking lot told the story…reminded me of Steelers training camp in Latrobe. Little Ben sure gave grandma a workout, and Baylee was more interested in the Gatorade barrel. LOL. Nice job, Ben and all the coaches.” — Jan Zella.


Jenetta Christy ‏@lenisa8896
@sunnydelight @_BigBen7 @ProCamps Thank U ben for taking the time with our kids. Keep making dreams come true

“I ❤️ that this is a family affair – Ben, his wife, kids & parents are here.” — Mary Prichard.


“This was an amazing camp, both of my boys attended and it was worth every penny spent.” — Stacy McClenahan.


Fun Days:

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“My son has attended the camp 3 years in a row and loves it. It is so nice how Ben interacts with all of the kids and throws each of them a pass. Ben’s kids are so cute and fun to watch as they run all over camp. We can’t wait to attend again next year.” –Jennifer Algeri Lippmann.

“One happy kid! Thank you Ben, Procamp, SunnyD, and all staff!” — Sherry Cline.


GRADY MALACHOWSKI ‏@RUFUSRUFFCUTT
@CitiPrivatePass @_BigBen7 @ProCamps #CLOSERTOPRO MY NEPHEW AND GREAT-NEPHEW HAD A FANTASTIC TIME AT THE CAMP!

“It was obvious to me immediately that this isn’t ‘just something he does.’ Roethlisberger thoroughly enjoys being around the kids. He has a great sense of humor that was on display whenever he had the mic in his hands.” — Marc Uhlmann, Steel City Blitz.


Got 2 B Money Maker ‏@Got2BMoneyMaker
@_BigBen7 @ProCamps Watching Ben Jr make target after target just like Daddy. I hear the NFL calling.

“Ben, you are great with these kids I find it truly amazing!” — Gail Allegar.



And Father’s Day:

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Steel Dad ‏@SteelDad
Here go the dads. Get the trainers ready. @_BigBen7 Camp

Deron Tatala ‏@Tally316
@SunnyDelight @_BigBen7 @ProCamps Loved sharing time with Big Ben and my Ben after all my military time away. One of the best experiences of our lives!


“My grandsons attended and, unfortunately, my son was the one with the bad hammy!! They had a great time!!” — Sheila Rattigan Green.

Andrew ‏@beileberbecks
Our dreams came true today!! @sunnydelight @_BigBen7 @ProCamps


“I’m a huge Ben Roethlisberger fan but I truly respect him for all he gives back to the community!” — Melissa Woods.



You can see more of Mr. Rush’s action photos in Ben’s Camp Album.

Parents & Grandparents: If you don’t see a photo of your camper(s), head on over to ProCamps and check out their extensive gallery!


‘Super dad’ Roethlisberger hosts youth football camp on Father’s Day

June 20th, 2016 by

From Megan Ryan at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

062016Ben Roethlisberger started his Father’s Day in typical fashion — with his children bombarding him in bed with hugs and presents.

Or as his wife, Ashley, deemed it, “cute little cuddle moments.”

But how the Steelers quarterback spent the rest of his day differed from the usual. He wrapped up his 10th Ben Roethlisberger Football Procamp, a two-day affair Sunday at Bethel Park High School, including throwing passes to each of the about 400 first- through eighth-grade youths.

Roethlisberger said these hands-on, personal moments with the campers are an important aspect of his camp, as he knows some other professional athletes don’t hang around from start to finish of their camps. The two-time Super Bowl champion said he is even going to see if he “can talk Mr. Rooney into” letting him host his camp at the Steelers’ South Side practice facility, the UPMC Sports Performance Complex, next year so the campers can play where the stars do.

“It’s just me getting to be out there with them and just kind of be free and no barriers, no walls,” Roethlisberger said of his camp. “Just have fun, be a kid and teach them everything I can.”

The camp costs $199 to attend but Roethlisberger said he also provides scholarships for about 100 of the 400 attendees, most of whom were boys. Roethlisberger said about six or seven girls participated as well.

This year, since the camp happened to fall on Father’s Day weekend, there was a special dads-edition of the 40-yard dash. About 30 fathers came down to the field to race, and only one injury — a pulled hamstring — came out of it.

Peyton Marston, a 10-year-old from Wexford, attended the camp for his second-consecutive year and said he thought the camp was “good,” and he liked how the Steelers quarterback really talked to and taught the campers football. Marston’s parents came to watch their son both days, and his father, Tommy Marston, said it was a great, albeit hot, way to spend the holiday.

One of the future campers might just be Roethlisberger’s 3-year-old son Benjamin. The toddler walked and ran around the camp like he owned it, racing in one of the smokehouse 40-yard dash heats and even trying out some drills. Roethlisberger has two other children — daughter, Baylee, who is 2, and son, Bodie, who is 3 weeks old.

Three generations of Roethlisbergers roamed the stadium as the quarterback’s parents also were there to lend support. Brenda Roethlisberger, Ben’s stepmom, said these camps show the real Ben.

“There’s a lot of misconceptions sometimes in the media…about who somebody is, and by coming to a camp, you just get to see he’s about family and not showing off and working hard,” Brenda Roethlisberger said. “That’s what he’s trying to get with these kids. He’s just paying it forward.”

Ashley Roethlisberger said she and the rest of the Roethlisbergers see a side of the quarterback that no one else does, but she wishes people knew what a great family man he is. She said her husband gives the children baths, usually with a lot of giggling, reads them stories and puts them to bed each night. She called the father of her children attentive, energetic and a “superdad.”

“He’s wonderful,” she said. “He is probably the MVP of the household.”


You can follow Megan Ryan on Twitter at @theothermegryan.


The Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp – Day 2

June 19th, 2016 by

…and we’re through!!

We do a lot of quarterback drills, some receiver drills, and a little bit of running back stuff, but mostly just catching and throwing.

Roethlisberger says a more important lesson to teach, though, is sportsmanship.

“Just a second ago, I was throwing passes and a kid dropped it and one of his teammates said, ‘It’s OK, you’ll get the next one,’” he said. “So to hear that kind of stuff already is just great.” — From KDKA today.



It was all about fun & teamwork!

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Kimberly Capitano ‏@kimr086
Ben Rothlisberger’s camp is amazing. The kids are really enjoying it. @SunnyDelight
@_BigBen7 and @ProCamps

Kendall Hicks II ‏@TeamHicks37
It was a dream for some of these kids to get a pass from Ben!


Michelle ohara ‏@LmsoharaOhara
Our first time at Ben camp! Kids loving it! @SunnyDelight @_BigBen7 and @ProCamps

Andrew ‏@beileberbecks
@sunnyd @_BigBen7 @ProCamps 1400 miles to get here!! Memories priceless!


Mark ‏@geddyvedder
@_BigBen7 @ProCamps @SunnyDelight we’ll be back every year. Ian Bennett loves this camp.



Happy Father’s & Grandfather’s Day!!

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Dayna K ‏@Daynakalinowsk1
@_BigBen7 @SunnyDelight @ProCamps Happy Father’s Day! Best Father’s Day ever watching my son havin a blast on the field with Ben and all the kids!

Emma Lady ‏@lady4_emma
Loved watching Ben Roethlisberger Jr., all the dads, and kids performing in the SmokeHouse Race.


J A ‏@johnnyislegend
@_BigBen7 @ProCamps @SunnyDelight what a way to spend Father’s Day. Watching you child do what they love. Thanks for the memories!

Steel Dad ‏@SteelDad
I’m away from my kids on this Father’s Day but they gave me a pass! Thanks to @ProCamps for a great opportunity today at @_BigBen7 FB Camp!


Jim Budzilek ‏@JimBudzilek
@_BigBen7 @ProCamps @SunnyDelight Just met Big Ben!! The pulled hamstring was worth it for meeting him and running for my son!



At the end of two tough days, EVERYBODY was a winner!!!

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lisa lup ‏@lisalup
Promoting teamwork, good sportsmanship and having tremendous amounts of fun! @SunnyDelight, @_BigBen7 @ProCamps

Joshua Dyer ‏@jdyer61
This is a awesome camp. Big Ben is more than fair with each kids. Awesome @SunnyDelight @_BigBen7 @ProCamps


Lupita ‏@Lupita74835954
@sunnydelight @_BigBen7 @ProCamps Many kids are having a wonderful time learning basic football thanks to Ben encouragement. Great event.

Terry Elliott ‏@stratmajik
What a great day and a great time @_BigBen7 football camp. CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY!! @ProCamps


Dave Dolan ‏@dave_alive
@_BigBen7 another beautiful day for camp with @SunnyDelight at @ProCamps in Pgh. Giving the kids something to talk about till next year!



And Ben’s website was definitely a winner, thanks to all the photos that were sent our way via Twitter!! You can check out a great collection (7 pages worth) right here.

But don’t forget to stop back by later this week! Photographer Vince Rush is going to share his collection with us, and we’re sure as camp parents & grandparents get back home, they’ll have thoughts on the camp & more photos to share too!


Happy Father’s Day

June 19th, 2016 by

…to the best dad in the world. Thank you for teaching us to swim, DJ’ing the coolest dance parties, and for your super warm bear hugs!


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We’ll love you forever, Benjamin, Baylee, and Bodie (with just a little help from mommy).



The Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp – Day 1 is in the books

June 18th, 2016 by

….as well as in some great photos, courtesy of our Camp parents & grandparents:


There were happy faces –

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Everyone was ready to go with a smile on their face this morning!




Very busy bodies –

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Drills, passes, catches, tackles, and a whole lot of running!




Old friends –

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Like Zachery Mezger!



And new friends –

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Like Alex Bentley!



You can stop by Ben’s Camp album to see more awesome photos (pages 1 through 4), with more to come!


*Thank you to all our camp parents & grandparents for sharing with us, and a big thank you to Vince Rush for the photos of Ben’s first meeting with Alex!


Hittin’ the golf ball at Heinz Field

June 16th, 2016 by

…with Big Ben and Pittsburgh’s own Jim Furyk before the 2016 US Open in Oakmont!

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Watch their great video here.



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