There is still plenty of time

July 1st, 2015 by

…for your department or agency to make their request to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for the 2015 grant cycle!

“We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.” – Ben, on why his foundation is so important to him.

NeedToGrowIntoItThis marks the ninth grant cycle for The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which distributed more than $132,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2014 NFL season, including $55,000 in the Pittsburgh community. The majority of the grants distributed will help K-9 units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of needs are also considered. Ben’s foundation also supports Make-A-Wish and combined, has distributed in excess of $1.3 million since 2007.

The Foundation will be distributing grants in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers during the 2015 NFL season including Boston, St. Louis, San Diego, Kansas City, Seattle, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Cleveland areas. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invites police and fire departments in these eight cities to submit proposals detailing their needs. Also, for each Steelers’ appearance in a playoff game, a grant will be awarded to a non-NFL market city anywhere in the United States that would not otherwise be eligible to apply. In addition, the Foundation will continue to make grants to several police and fire department K-9 units in the Pittsburgh area following Super Bowl 50.

Fans of The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation can support future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (, using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to the Foundation.

You are welcome to donate directly through The Giving Back Fund here.


Please submit all of the following items and information in one proposal. Incomplete applications will not be accepted or pursued. Please do not staple, bind or print proposal double-sided. Do not fax or email submission. PLEASE DO NOT FAX APPLICATION.

Grant proposals must include the following:

BRF- Completed cover sheet (see page 2) with department name, address,telephone number, fax number and email address for chief/sheriff and contact person as well as any previous funding from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

– A brief background on the department and demonstrated success of existing K-9 unit, if applicable.

– Demonstrated success of the K-9 unit, including the number of K-9 calls received annually. If this is a request for a start-up unit, please demonstrate the need for a new unit and an estimate of anticipated K-9 related calls.

– Summary of needs for the K-9 unit including amount requested and explanation of how it will be used.

– A K-9 specific budget (this need not exceed two pages). DO NOT SEND ENTIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET.

– Letter of support from sponsoring 501(c)(3) organization/charity (if using an outside entity).

Sponsoring organization’s 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS.

– AK-9 department specific budget (this need not exceed two pages). DO NOT SEND ENTIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET.

– Amount requested and explanation of how it will be used.

– Letter of support from sponsoring 501(c)(3) organization/charity (if using an outside entity).

– Sponsoring organization’s 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS.

– Explanation of how the K-9 unit has previously been funded (excluding Ben Roethlisberger Foundation funding).

– Explanation of how the K-9 unit will continue to support and sustain itself in the coming years.

Must be received by August 15, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

Eligible Cities Deadline for Application Grant Announcement Date
New England, MA August 15, 2015 September 9, 2015
St. Louis, MO August 15, 2015 September 24, 2015
San Diego, CA August 15, 2015 October 8, 2015
Kansas City, MO August 15, 2015 October 22, 2015
Seattle, WA August 15, 2015 November 25, 2015
Cincinnati, OH August 15, 2015 December 10, 2015
Baltimore, MD August 15, 2015 December 23, 2015
Cleveland, OH August 15, 2015 December 30, 2015
Non-NFL Market City* August 15, 2015 TBD
Non-NFL Market City* August 15, 2015 TBD
Pittsburgh, PA August 15, 2015 After Super Bowl 2016

*If the Steelers make the playoffs, BRF will also award a grant(s) anywhere in the U.S. that is not in an NFL market..


Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: thoroughness of presentation and inclusion of all requested materials; project readiness; demonstrated need; proven sustainability; and level of proposed impact.

For applications please visit: (page 2).


We are not accepting unsolicited proposals outside of our grant cycle at this time.


Must be postmarked by August 15, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria: thoroughness of presentation and inclusion of all requested materials; project readiness; demonstrated need; proven sustainability; and level of proposed impact.

For more information, please contact Jessica Duffaut at You can also check out Ben’s foundation page here.

Northern Virginia is Steelers Country

June 28th, 2015 by

…at least for an upcoming weekend in July!!

Take a trip to the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA for the Collector’s Showcase of America Summer Show on Saturday, July 11th & Sunday, July 12th!

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Scheduled to sign autographs on Saturday: Big Ben, Jarvis Jones, Jerome Bettis, and Rocky Bleier.

The show is open on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For individual player times, click here.

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Scheduled to sign autographs on Sunday: Brett Keisel, Hines Ward, John Stallworth, and 2015 NFL Draftee Alvin “Bud” Dupree.

The show is open on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For individual player times, click here.

– Sports fans will also have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from other NFL & NHL greats of the game Dick Butkus (Saturday), Emmitt Smith (Saturday), Bo Jackson (Saturday), Marcus Allen (Saturday), Tony Dorsett (Sunday), Deion Sanders (Sunday), Dino Ciccarelli (Saturday), Mike Bossy (Saturday) and more!

This is a well-organized show and attended by many. In fact, one quick stroll through the parking lot and you’ll think you’ve been transported to Pittsburgh South.

You can see the full list of athletes, past & present, as well as autograph pricing and lodging information here.

Ben was last there in 2012 and had a great time!

The Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational

June 25th, 2015 by

…took place Tuesday & Wednesday at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA. Proceeds from this event support cancer research and patient care initiatives.

Ben has supported Mr. Lemieux’s foundation for many years, and was there bright & early on Tuesday to golf for a good cause once again!

Just another day at the office. – Ben

Ben and WDVE‘s Randy Baumann at the Mario Lemieux Foundation Winner’s Circle Party last night following Mr. Lemieux’s golf tournament.

You can learn more about the Mario Lemieux Foundation (and donate) here.

On the course for a good cause!!

June 24th, 2015 by

The storms stopped and the sun finally came out at Treesdale Golf & Country Club for the 2015 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational on Monday!


Before heading out to the course…

Golfers stopped by the BRF Invitational Pro Shop filled with Oakley merchandise compliments of Apollo Jets.

“Boy!! Uncle Brett SURE has a lot of hair on his face! I can’t even find his chin in there!” – Baylee

The morning started with some pre-tournament games sponsored by Apollo Jets, Sprint, Kyocera Mobile, the King Street Grille and PNC Bank!

Rob Priebal looks hopeful that he can master the Kyocera Mobile “Hazard” pre-tournament game.

Andrew Allen DID master the Sprint “Cut your bill in half” pre-tournament game!

And our King Street Grille “Marksman” for the day was none other than Benjamin, Jr!! Check out that form!

First, you throw the football in an attempt to beat #7’s speed of 60 mph. Second, you go over and get a shoulder massage from Melinda Stevenson, courtesy of Sewickley Chiropractic Center.

The Shotgun Start was heard promptly at 1:00 PM…

Let the tournament begin! Gentlemen, start your engines!

“Look out everybody!! I’ve got the wheel and we’re headin’ for the course!! Dad and I are gonna win this thing!” – Benjamin, Jr.

Da Beard on Da Course with Da Iron!

Merril Hoge (red shirt) came out again this year to support Ben and his foundation!

And so did KDKA TV Sports Director Bob Pompeani, with a BIG high five for Big Ben!

Always a family affair! Ken Roethlisberger looking mighty spiffy in his neutral golfing togs!

It’s obvious where Benjamin Jr. gets his golf form!

91 golfers (including Mr. Art Rooney), gorgeous day, great sponsors & a very good cause.

STOP BY Ben’s photo gallery to check out all the great photos!

*Thank you so much to our professional photographer, Damon Perrott at, and our not-so professional photographers who stepped up to snap some shots for us throughout the day: Jessica Duffaut, Billie Jo Yakubik & Cayleigh Ashman.

What a great night!

June 21st, 2015 by

A few photos from Saturday’s Triple 7s event at Treesdale Golf & Country Club to support the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation:

Starting with Thursday’s contest winners!

Top left: Ben poses with Paul & Linda Gasparovic. Top middle: Lexi Fanty & her friend, Jennifer Barron. Top right: Kim Myers finds a favorite silent auction item.

Bottom left: Nicole Canciello & Ashley having fun posing for pictures. Bottom middle: Kim Malachowski and her favorite quarterback. Bottom right: Laura VanFossen has her hands FULL with silent auction items that have found a new home!

There was an intense pool duel going on between Ken Roethlisberger and Merril Hoge.

The Bealls, the Lanes and Mike Dowling, with his girlfriend, Jodi Ward, are always on hand to support Ben’s foundation!

There were some very serious players….and then there were some not so serious players.

Pro Golfer Brian Cooper was making the rounds last night, catching up with both Ben and Merril Hoge.

Top right: The biggest winner at Blackjack! Top left: Ben is rooting for his horse to come in first at the Sprint horse racing game. Bottom left: The Craps table was one of the busiest all night. Bottom right: Two high stakes Roulette players.

STOP BY Ben’s photo gallery to check out more photos!

Thank you so much to Jessica Duffaut and Dawn Takacs for sharing their photos, and to Justin Aquilante from ProServ Events for putting on a great event!

And another BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors: Sprint, Kyocera Mobile, Apollo Jets, PNC Bank & King Street Grille!

Now on to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitional!

Happy Fathers Day!

June 21st, 2015 by

From the Steelers’ tribute to dads this morning:

Ben Roethlisberger – Father of Benjamin and Baylee

“Every day is something new. A new and exciting adventure whether it’s words, or talking, running, summersaults, whatever it is. It’s an awesome blessing every day to be a father.”

Remembering Coach Hep

June 19th, 2015 by

Terry Hoeppner (August 19, 1947 – June 19, 2007)

8 years ago today we lost a great man, father and coach! We miss you Coach Hep, you are always in our thoughts. Gone but NEVER forgotten! – Ben

January, February, March….

June 19th, 2015 by

Benjamin Jr. wanted to share this video his dad made of him singing the months of the year:

It’s safe to say that his little sister Baylee is mighty impressed with both his singing skills and his memory skills!!

No plans for the weekend? No problem!

June 18th, 2015 by

Contest Update: Congratulations to our 10 winners!!! Thank you to everyone who emailed in!

Ben bought 20 extra tickets to his own event and all you have to do is be one of the first 10 emailers (to and you and your guest can be BEN’S GUESTS this Saturday at his Triple 7’s party at the beautiful Treesdale Country Club in Gibsonia, PA.

CypherFamily_2013On Saturday, June 20th:

The evening will feature billiards, black jack, horse racing and table games, as well as a silent auction, an open bar and lite fare.

Registration Opens

Table games, billiards, horse racing & a silent auction will begin, the bar will open & lite fare will be served.

VIP Texas Hold ‘em Tournament

Silent auction ends and prizes awarded

Winners: Your two tickets entitle you and your guest to attend Ben’s event, enjoy the food & drink, and play the games! Travel & hotel accomodations are NOT included, so make sure you are either close enough to attend, or can make arrangements to stay overnight on your own.

*Please note: Triple 7s is a 21 and over event so keep that in mind when selecting your guest. Also, Treesdale requests “dressy casual” – denim that is not denim blue, is allowed, but must be neat with a collared shirt, blouse, blazer or button down. No autographs or photos will be permitted!

What are you waiting for? Email us right now! We’ll notify the winners this afternoon! Make sure to give us your full name when you email!

“QB Roethlisberger embracing teaching role with Steelers’ offense”

June 17th, 2015 by

From Mark Kaboly, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
061715It wasn’t long after former Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders arrived in Denver last year that he said Peyton Manning was much more of a leader than Ben Roethlisberger.

Sanders surely wasn’t talking about this Roethlisberger.

This Roethlisberger gathers a group of his teammates to work out in Georgia during the spring.

This Roethlisberger grabs quarterback coach Randy Fichtner before practice because he wants work on a couple of throws that he doesn’t quite feel comfortable with yet.

This Roethlisberger not only attends every voluntary organized team activity, he routinely stays after practice with his receivers to get in extra throws.

And more noticeably now than in his 11 previous seasons, Roethlisberger is more than just a quarterback during practice — he’s being a coach, as well.

“It’s fun because I can tell the guys what I want on the field and they are going to listen because we all want to be the best we can be and help each other win,” Roethlisberger said. “I am just happy to have the coach’s blessing to be able to do that and not stepping on anybody’s toes.”

It’s a natural progression for Roethlisberger to step into a more hands-on approach with the offense.

“Man, that comes with being him,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “It’s evolved over the nine years I have been with him and it should. It is a natural maturation process. Not only in terms of what he is doing but understanding the scheme and approach we are taking offensively.”

Roethlisberger never seems to pass up a teaching point when it arises, especially during the past five weeks of spring practices.

“He is really coaching them up,” backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski said. “The most important thing about the quarterback position is having guys do things the way you want them done. I see him doing that more and more. Guys listen when he talks and that’s huge.”

You can read the rest here.


WHAT: Nothing at this time


WHAT: The Giant Eagle Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
WHEN: June 13th & 14th, 2015
WHERE: Seneca Valley High School, Harmony, PA
REGISTRATION: Sign up here (Use code BigBen7 for $20 off fee).


WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015
WHERE: Treesdale Country Club, Gibsonia, PA.
TICKETS: Get them in advance here.


WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational
WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2015
WHERE: Treesdale Golf and Country Club, Gibsonia, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance to play in the tournament (foursomes only) here.




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