Police & Fire Depts: There’s just one month left!

July 14th, 2018 by

The 2018 grant cycle of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund is still open…

But not for long!

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The Foundation will be distributing grants in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers during the 2018 NFL season including Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Denver, Oakland and New Orleans. Ben invites police and fire departments in these eight communities to submit proposals detailing their needs.

In addition, his Foundation will continue to make grants to several police and fire department K-9 units in the Pittsburgh area following Super Bowl LIII.

Ben’s mission is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh. Ben also strives to support Make-A-Wish and other nonprofit organizations assisting children in need in cities where he has lived and played football.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributed more than $170,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2017 NFL season, including $82,000 in the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.92 million since 2007.

This marks the 12th season of grants for his Foundation.The majority of grants distributed will help police & fire department K-9 units purchase dogs & dog safety vests, but other needs are also considered.

Applications and supporting documents must be mailed and postmarked by AUGUST 15TH. Click HERE for all the details on how to apply!


For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Jessica Duffaut at jduffaut@givingback.org.


“Ben Roethlisberger balances rest, training before Steelers camp”

July 7th, 2018 by

From Jeremy Fowler, ESPN.com:

After hosting his pro football camp in mid-June, Ben Roethlisberger was off into the quiet summer, which he says is an inexact process as it relates to preparation for Pittsburgh Steelers training camp.

His 15th camp approaches, leaving Roethlisberger searching for a balance between rest and readiness.

“It’s a fine line I walk at this age, of resting and getting my body enough rest for the season and working out to prepare,” said Roethlisberger, 36, before retreating for some down time like the rest of his teammates. “My trainer will get me as prepared as I can be. But it is a fine line of what you can do at this age.”

How does he navigate that line? He pays trainers to define it, he says.

“You’ve got to listen to your body. Any aches and pains you might have, your arm being sore if you’re throwing too much, just things like that.”

Roethlisberger has hosted team workouts at his summer home in Georgia in past years and could do so again.

Once camp begins, the Steelers are intentional with Roethlisberger’s usage, giving him days off as a way to keep a prized investment fresh for 17 weeks. They probably will do the same starting in late July at St. Vincent College, especially with backups Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph needing reps.

Some days, Roethlisberger will spend the latter portions of practices with ice on his shoulder or knees as veteran maintenance.

In perhaps a shrinking championship window with the Steelers’ core offensive players intact, Roethlisberger eyes a third Super Bowl and enters a de facto contract year that he’s not fretting.

But Roethlisberger will focus on fatherhood before the third-down conversions. At his camp, the QB threw a pass to Ben, one of his three children. Roethlisberger said he wants to be as good a father as his own, Ken.

“This is my job on Sundays — the rest of the week and the rest of the year [fatherhood] is something I do and I enjoy doing,” Roethlisberger said. “I want my kids and these other kids to know the joy that it brings to me.”


You can read more from Mr. Fowler here.


Also this weekend: Ben the MIGHTY OAK!






Fourth of July week is here!

July 2nd, 2018 by

Enjoy it Steeler Nation! Have fun & be safe!

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Now nothing says “Pittsburgh Fourth of July” better than the incredible photography of Dave DiCello.


You can check out (and purchase) Dave’s photography on his website, and you can follow him on Facebook & Twitter too! We do!


(Thanks Dave!)



Just another day in Steeler Nation (with a shout-out to the Pens)!

June 28th, 2018 by

It may not be time to hang out with the guys in football helmets, but how about the guys in hard hats?

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Big Ben on site! Ben Roethlisberger stopped by our Atlantic Aviation job today & snapped a picture with Golden Triangle’s crew. Two Pittsburgh Sports Legends have now signed our excavator. Big Ben & Sidney Crosby side by side! #Construction #Pittsburgh #Steelers #Penguins

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Let’s do a “blast from the past” trio…

June 27th, 2018 by

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for #NationalSunglassesDay!



Don’t forget to protect your eyes while you’re outside having fun!


“The best of Ben through the years”

June 22nd, 2018 by

The Steelers have compiled a great video highlighting Ben’s best moments on the field.

Stop by this weekend when you get a few moments and enjoy these memories of #7 at his best!


Spending Father’s Day at the ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp

June 17th, 2018 by

And there’s no better way to start it off than with this great moment captured by photographer Matt Freed:




Followed by a fun video shared with us by parent Eileen Mess:




The camp parents were ON the [foot]ball today with their tweets, photographs & videos throughout Ben’s camp:


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Eileen Mess @Eimess76
Annual tradition continues!! Father’s Day with Ben and family!


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Remember Caleb Koehler? Well, he was there early along with his little brother, and boy, did he have his GAME FACE ON! #NoRiskNoReward


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Clockwise from the top left:


Heather Zuzik @mrsz050606
Our little QB in the making had a BLAST today at @ProCamps!!! This was def an #Experience he’ll remember for a very long time!! Thank you @_BigBen7 for being so amazing and for this amazing opportunity!! 🏈


Melissa @Meli010985
He’s so excited to be here!! @ProCamps @_BigBen7 #experience


Jim Budzilek @JimBudzilek
Ready to roll! @_BigBen7


Chuck Burton @burton_coach
@_BigBen7 1st time camper from Daleville, VA #experience


Tom @trennie01
Some guys are pumped for camp this Father’s Day @_BigBen7 #herewegosteelers



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Linda Phillips @wecame2believe
Luke has been planning this hair cut since knowing he’s coming to Big Ben’s Football Camp.


Time to work, but what are the kids working on? Ben explains:




Wait, let’s take these BEFORE they get all sweaty!


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Team photo time at the @_BigBen7@_BigBen7 Football ProCamp! #Experience – at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex





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Suzy Clark @ZumbaSuzy76
Thanks @_BigBen7 for taking time with Ryan today @ProCamps #experience @steelers





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Shannan Anderson @shannan67809423
Catching a pass. Ready for another awesome Father’s Day at camp with Big Ben. @ProCamps @_BigBen7


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Jim Budzilek @JimBudzilek
Doing his drills @_BigBen7@ProCamps





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Joe Clark @clark_74
Coach ‘EM up Big Ben!! ⁦⁦@ProCamps @_BigBen7#experience





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Melissa @Meli010985
Ben threw a pass to each and every kid here 🏈🖤💛 ⁦⁦@ProCamps @_BigBen7#experience





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Heather TROYER @TroyerHeather
@_BigBen7@ProCamps #experience #AutismRocks
Thank You Ben for making Gabbys day! She has been a fan for many years and all shes ever wanted to do is meet you! THANKS AGAIN FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!


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Nay Nay @USMC_Bunnie
Now the heat is on, literally 😂 still having a blast!! BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!!! @_BigBen7@ProCamps #experience


And after a long, toasty, fun day…


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Bill B @bigben67
@_BigBen7 Thank you for a great day!


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Jackie Terranova @jackietnova
Great program, I have a happy camper! Thanks for your time Big Ben! @_BigBen7 @ProCamps





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T-Box Grouper @SteelCity_LCpl
Tired but elated!!!! What an awesome day! Thank you so much @_BigBen7 and @ProCamps for hosting such a special event. I really needed this today. You have no idea.


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Robyn Freeh @rkfreeh
Thank you for an amazing experience!! This was Aiden’s first year at camp. He had an awesome time. @_BigBen7 @ProCamps


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Cindy Koehler @ck5121
And that’s a wrap! So thankful for the invite to attend this camp! The power of social media is amazing! Caleb and Micah both got to meet Big Ben! We are heading home with a few new memories and a few new shirts😊Thank you @_BigBen7 we are forever thankful! #norisknoreward


Happy Father’s Day!



You can see more photos from Mr. Freed and read about Ben’s camp here.



Happy Father’s Day!

June 16th, 2018 by


“Okay, we’re a little early because our dad is going to be very busy at his football camp on Father’s Day, and actually so will we! So this morning we went through mommy’s phone and picked out our favorite pictures for our post! Mommy helped us with what to say at the end, but only a little bit.” — Benjamin Jr., big brother in charge.



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I am so proud of my dad! He’s awesome! – Benjamin.



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Mommy, take the photo already! Daddy & I need to get out there and make some waves! Heehee. — Baylee.



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See, daddy likes the Cartoon Network just as much as me! — Bodie.


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♫ We’re the three best friends that anybody could have, we’re the three best friends that anyone could have…♫



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I’m all thumbs up (as long as daddy is in the driver’s seat!). — Baylee.



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Oh my goodness, look at daddy using my fishing pole, hahahaha!! He’s so silly! — Baylee.



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I’m one of my dad’s favorite golfing buddies now! — Benjamin.



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And here we are helping dad with his off-season workouts. — Benjamin.



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We just wanted to say Happy Father’s Day to the most amazing dad any kid could ask for. Thank you for not only loving us, but for being our best friend. We love you to the sun and the moon and the stars and back!


We also want to say Happy Father’s Day to our Pappy and Pops who encourage us to explore the world around us and teach us endless life lessons we can keep with us forever. –Love, Benjamin, Baylee and Bodie.




Thank you to all the fathers and fathers figures out there who have committed yourselves to the awesome responsibility of raising a child. You are appreciated! Stay encouraged and above all, trust in the Lord. — Blessings, Ashley R.




Photo #1: Aaron Josefczyk. Photo #7: Randy Roberts.



We want to take a moment….

June 12th, 2018 by

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The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Charity Celebrity Softball Game

June 11th, 2018 by

…in photos & messages of thanks!


Photographer Aaron Josefcyzk shared his amazing action pictures with us. You can see more right here.


It’s awesome. This is for a good cause. All the proceeds raised, we’re splitting them 50-50 for Findlay High School and for my foundation. To date my foundation has given almost $2 million to canine search and rescue. We’re excited to be able to give back to Findlay. The support is really awesome. It feels really good. My family all drove over and my family in Lima and in Michigan are here.” — Ben.



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“Wow, what a day?! The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Celebrity Softball game was a huge success! Findlay loved it. Ben and company were amazing. The kids were pumped and we had a lot of laughs. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.” — Linda Mihalik, Mayor of Findlay.



“Thank you for coming back home and supporting our community! Hope this becomes an annual event.” — Jackie Donaldson-Risner.


Dannie Rogers @dannierogers___
So cool and such a pick-me-up to see what @_BigBen7 is doing at his alma mater @FHSAthletic and communities around the country with his support of athletics and K9 programs 🐶



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#99 is taking this game seriously….VERY seriously!


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Big Ben trying to get cozy with the coach before the game!


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Let’s do a little warm-up….get some practice in before the big game. You guys ready out there?


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“I got it!”

“No, I got it!”

“Okay, I think that’s enough practice.”


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Sharon McIntosh @sharonkdt04
@_BigBen7 Thank you for such an enjoyable day! My son met Pouncey and it made his entire life!

Jason W. Maple @Jmaple1979
@_BigBen7 Being a Browns fan and living in Bluffton isn’t easy with the Steel curtain of Findlay just north. Your team made it harder to root against you after seeing the softball game today. Lots of fun, laughs and gracious players. Keep it up, Sir!


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I am ONE with the bat!


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Like that the whole offensive line came out!!!



Lauren Franks ✨@LaurenFranks13
Honestly such a fun event to be at.


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The Mayor is not only a good softball player, she’s a good sport too!


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So if we win, I pay for dinner? But if we lose, I pay for dinner? Wait a minute….


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Look out! JuJu is airing it out!


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For the ladies.


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Ben hits one into the next town!

Dave Litzenberg @dlitzenberg
Thanks for giving back to Findlay @_BigBen7!


“It was great to see Big Ben return again to Findlay, giving back to where it all started. He was an inspiration to my great nephew many years ago and that nephew is now giving back to his alma mater, Vanlue High School, just down the road from Findlay, Ohio. He played all sports at Vanlue, attended Bluffton University and is now teaching and coaching back at his alma mater.” — F. David Gibson.


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Jennifer Niederkohr @jlniederkohr
Thank you @_BigBen7 for coming back to Findlay and making my baby girl’s day! I hope you smashed your charity goal.

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Teamwork makes the dream work!


Findlay Athletics @FHSAthletic
Thank you to Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. You are amazing. Thank you for sharing this day with us. Thank you.



“I was there today! (Drove from Cleveland, to my hometown Dunkirk) It was awesome! — Lisa Sue Skidmore.



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“In classic form, these guys also took the time to thank our local law enforcement for their service and support today.” — Linda Mihalik, Mayor of Findlay.



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“Thank you so much for coming to Findlay and bringing other Steelers!!” — Anne Kissh Kuschnerus.


“Great day. Loved it.” — Dennis Flugga.



“Thank you Ben!” — Linda Clayton.


More:


The Steelers put together a video montage of the game here.


Cameron Fields from the Toledo Blade was on hand for the game and wrote a great piece here.



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2018 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/09 @ Browns 1:00 pm – CBS
9/16 Chiefs 1:00 pm – CBS
9/24 @ Buccaneers 8:15 pm – ESPN
9/30 Ravens 8:20 pm – NBC
10/7 Falcons 1:00 pm – FOX
10/14 @ Bengals 1:00 pm – CBS
10/21 BYE N/A
10/28 Browns 1:00 pm – CBS
11/4 @ Ravens 1:00 pm – CBS
11/8 Panthers 8:20 pm – FOX/NFLN
11/18 Jaguars 8:20 pm – NBC
11/25 @ Broncos 4:25 pm – CBS
12/2 Chargers 1:00 pm – CBS
12/9 @ Raiders 8:20 pm – NBC
12/16 Patriots 4:25 pm – CBS
12/23 @ Saints 4:25 pm – CBS
12/30 Bengals 1:00 pm – CBS