Ben Roethlisberger Stands Up To Black Lives Matter Rhetoric, Donates To Police
Ben Roethlisberger Stands Up To Black Lives Matter Rhetoric, Donates To Police.
With the NFL season right around the corner, many teams are suiting up for the first time this weekend in a series of pre-season games. For many donning pads, their careers will be short-lived as some will leave packing after a less than fantastic showing. But for one MVP, making the most of his moments in the NFL goes hand in hand with giving back.
For the 10th year in a row, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is donating funds to police and fire agencies across the United States. His efforts will support K-9 units or allow departments to purchase K-9’s for the field. Ben said in a statement on his website, “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’s message to the police and fire community is clear: We are valued by this high profile athlete.
Last year Ben’s charity, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation donated $170,000 to agencies across the country, $93,000 of that alone went to departments in the Pittsburgh area. Obviously, Ben Roethlisberger not only stands for us, but he takes action to participate in what we do. Departments these days are under budgetary strains and law makers are asking them to do more and more. Police in particular are feeling the burn of constantly doing more with less.
One recipient from last years grant, Beaver County, PA Sheriff Tony Guy showed his appreciation,“At a time when the responsibilities associated with protecting and serving our citizens is becoming greater, and our budgets are becoming smaller, the grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office is truly a Godsend.”
According to Ben’s website, the two time super bowl champ will be giving eight grants to communities in the area of each Pittsburgh Steelers away games. This years communities will be focused in and around Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Miami, Baltimore, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Buffalo, and Cincinnati. Agencies seeking the grant must apply on website, but hurry because the applications must be received by August 15th. Don’t wait to share this article with agency members who may be interested.
It is a breath of fresh air to get this message and action of support from Roethlisberger. In a time when many celebrities and athletes are focused on everything Black Lives Matter, from anti-police “activism” and pandering uninformed thought – to just downright criminal behavior, we welcome this message from Roethlisberger. The police have truly found a friend in Ben.
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