The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Announces New Guidelines and Deadline for the 2017 NFL Season Grants

May 24th, 2017 by

Today, Ben announced the opening of the 2017 grant cycle of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. This marks the 11th grant cycle for Ben’s Foundation.

The majority of the grants distributed will help police and fire department K-9 units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of needs are also considered.


The Foundation will be distributing grants in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers during the 2017 NFL season including the Cleveland, Chicago, Baltimore, Kansas City, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Houston areas.

Ben invites police and fire departments in these eight cities to submit proposals detailing their needs. 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 LII. If the Steelers make the post-season, a grant will also be distributed to a non-NFL market city.

The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation 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, PA. Roethlisberger and the Foundation also strive to support Make-A-Wish. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributed more than $150,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2016 NFL season, including $76,000 in the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.65 million since 2007.

“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.

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



You 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 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Jessica Duffaut or visit

‘I love these guys. I love this city.’

May 23rd, 2017 by

From Mike Prisuta at this afternoon:

052317_OTA_340Ben Roethlisberger is back with the Steelers and fully committed to playing the 2017 season.

Beyond that he’s offering no guarantees.

“I never commit to anybody more than one year,” Roethlisberger said today at the conclusion of OTA No. 1 at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. “I think that’s all we should always commit to with this sport. Because if we look past this year, then we’re cheating ourselves and we’re cheating other people. We need to give this year everything that we can, everything that we have because ultimately that’s what we have, right here and right now.

“I’m here on Day One. You see me out there taking every rep I’m supposed to take and then some. I actually took some of the rookies’ (reps) today. I’m 110-percent committed.

“I’m happy to be back here. I’m happy to be back with the team. I love these guys. I love this city. I love being out here. Football is a passion of mine, it’s what I do and what I love to do.”

Among the challenges looming for Roethlisberger’s 14th season with the Steelers is sorting out the tight end position in the wake of the release of Ladarius Green.

“It’ll be tough, specially being excited about what he could bring and some of the flashes we got to see last year,” Roethlisberger said. “It’ll be tough because we were just starting to get on the same page, but we have a lot of faith in Jesse (James), obviously, what he can do, and ‘X’ (Xavier Grimble) and ‘D.J.’ (David Johnson), and all those guys.”

There’s also a crowd at wide receiver thanks to the conditional reinstatement from suspension of Martavis Bryant and the addition of second-round pick JuJu Smith-Schuster.

“I’m excited,” Roethlisberger said. “We have a lot of guys. It’s fun to be able to rotate through guys. I want to throw to each one to kind of see what they can do and start developing a chemistry.

“I also have to realize my arm probably won’t last that long.”

You can read more here.

Tweet of the Week

May 23rd, 2017 by

Merril Hoge @MerrilHoge
A massive thanks to @_BigBen7 #benrothlisberger @steelers for giving their time to help support grieving kids. #highmarkcaringplace #findaway #golf

Summer means trips to the beach, BBQ’s in the backyard, and football…

May 21st, 2017 by

at the Steelers Practice Facility!

Yes, football!! The ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Youth Fantasy Experience is Sunday, June 18th, 2017, and there are still a few spots left for your youngsters to join us!

Boys & girls, grades 1-8, will be working on their football skills on the same fields that the Steelers players work on theirs!

This one day camp is similar to a “two-a-day,” running from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM with a lunch break in between sessions.

Your future football star will:

• Participate in the Big Ben Skills Combine
• Catch a pass from Ben
• Receive a souvenir autograph from Ben (item provided)
• Pose for a camp team photo with Ben
• Receive Limited-edition Nike gear package
• Attend the Steelers Training Table Luncheon

The cool part – this year’s camp will be held at the Steelers Practice Facility.

Proceeds benefit The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation!

You can find out more about the camp, or sign your youngster up here.

Still not sure? Then maybe these past-camp parents & grandparents can help you decide:

“What a thrill for those kids! Something that they will never forget, thanks Ben!” — Lynne Covelli

“You are the best on the field and off when it comes to showing how to do great things for fans and community. Thank you for being you.” — Susan Burkhamer

“This brought tears to my eyes. You likely aren’t even fully aware of the amazing impact you’re having on this young man’s life! Thank you!” — Allison Busalacchi

“It is so uplifting when athletes realize “But for the grace of God . . . . ” Ben showing compassion to Zachery, as well as others, is evidence that he is a class act – – – all the way!” — Roberta Villanueva

“You are a great person Ben…very inspirational…a true human being and the greatest qb in my book!!!” — Tony R Carbaugh

Steve Davidyak ‏@Badlab
@bgradkowski5 Thanks for taking a moment to snap a pic with my boys @_BigBen7 ‘s @ProCamps! You are a class act!

“What a beautiful way to encourage the younger generation more people should revalue what they do to promote kindness and unselfishness in the world today.” — Linda Silko

Todd Warner ‏@ToddWarner8
Thanks to everyone this weekend @_BigBen7 and @ProCamps! My son Nicholas had blast! He can’t wait until next year!

SDSportsPhoto ‏@SDSportsPhoto
Throwing a pass to every camper!!! Talk about a SUPER quarterback! @ProCamps @_BigBen7

“We just stood in awe while he threw all those passes! And in addition he threw many more as he moved threw the different groups!!! Our grandson was 3 for 3!!!” — Cathy Chambers Pennybacker

“What a great thing to do! Those kids will treasure this forever!” — Claudia DeVoge

SDSportsPhoto ‏@SDSportsPhoto
Our #MCM has to be the amazing @_BigBen7! Your leadership and teamwork with the kids at your camp was awesome. Loved photographing it all!

“Thanks! These kids will be talking about the pass they caught from Big Ben the rest of their lives! Awesome!” — Donna Carpentieri

Frankieloveschrissy ‏@FrankKusky
@_BigBen7 your a true hero to all these kids !!!! @SteelersUnite loves you for that THANK YOU

“Our daughter Chloe had THE BEST time! Thank you Big Ben! The coaches and organizers were awesome too! She won a Camper of the Day award for her division today and caught your pass! She had so much FUN! THANK YOU for making the best memories for so many children!” — Lisa Zeljak Booth

Courtney Kern ‏@C0urtneyLynn21
Had a good time volunteering at the @_BigBen7 @ProCamps.Looking forward to next year. #BenRoethlisberger #ProCampsWorldWide

Now we pause for a “Little R & R”:

“Helping Daddy on the field, and hangin’ out with Pops at lunch. Fun all day long!” — Benjamin, Jr.

Back to photos of Ben’s hard-working campers:

Lisa and Mike Booth
“We cannot thank you enough for an awesome experience for our daughter and all of the campers! Big Ben spent the entire day, both days, on the fields with the kids. He provided guidance, was very encouraging, and had fun with them. He threw each child a pass…400 kids in attendance! The team coaches were wonderful too! They provided great tips, encouragement, and also lots of fun for the kids. Kudos to the staff and organizers of this camp! The camp was very organized and delivered more than we expected! A big THANK YOU to all for an event well done!

Our daughter Chloe won one of the Camper of the Day awards with her little sister Abigail, who was her biggest cheerleader this weekend. Chloe was really nervous before the camp started. She was worried that she would not be able to keep up with the boys who play football on organized teams. However, thanks to Ben, the coaches, and staff she shined during camp, learned a lot and really had a blast!!!” — Lisa & Mike Booth

“We traveled from Long Island NY, it was well worth the trip. I though the camp was very organized and Ben was great and accessible to the kids.” — Bill DePaul

“Had a blast at our first camp. Thanks for all you do for the kids and K-9s. I work in law enforcement as a civilian and know how special our four legged Officers are to the partners. — Tara Carlisle

“It was greater than usual. Bryce caught a TD pass from Ben in one of his 7-on-7 games. Then, he was selected to help in a drill with Bryce Gradkowski. That was awesome!!” — Steve Bishop

“Here we are again and another Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp has come and gone! But what a weekend! Once again Ben and the ProCamps team put on an exceptional event for the kids. This was our sixth camp and it was as good as every other year has been. Ben is awesome with the kids and again gave of himself by making sure each camper had a chance to catch a pass from him. He was throwing those footballs so fast my camera couldn’t keep up! LOL! The kids all had a blast! The energy level was through the roof! And I had a chance to meet and talk briefly with Ashley, who graciously allowed me to take my picture with her and Baylee! What a special treat that was and Ashley was so sweet! She more than once expressed her appreciation for all the fan support! What a special QB we have in Ben Roethlisberger and what a wonderful family!” — Anita Doddroe

Rich Hoelke Jr ‏@HoelkeJr
@_BigBen7 what a day!! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!

Did they talk you into it yet? Well then head on over to ProCamps today & get your youngster signed up before camp is full!

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at work

May 18th, 2017 by

Demon_MontgomeryCountySOLast November, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a $10,000 grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for their K-9 Unit.

Demon (and you never want to mess with someone named, “Demon”!) is a 15-month old, dual trained K-9 that began his assignment with Sergeant Kevin Crull earlier this month.

He replaced K-9 Jax, who is now enjoying his much deserved retirement. Demon participated in his first routine school search just a couple of weeks after starting on patrol, and did a great job according to his partner, Sgt. Crull.

Demon is pictured with partner, Sergeant Crull and Chief Deputy Ryan Needham.

You can learn more about Ben’s foundation here.

It’s a Warrior Wednesday!

May 17th, 2017 by

And our spotlight is on Eric Ochoa:

I served 8 years in the Marine Corps, and I’ve been a Steelers fan all my life. Born and raised in California, never been to Pittsburgh, but still a fan.

During my time in the Marines, I did two combat tours in Iraq and one to Afghanistan. I remember in 2009 waking up at 2 in the morning in Iraq to watch the Steelers beat the Cardinals in the Super Bowl.

In late 2013, I had the privilege to deploy to Jordan to train the Jordanian Army before they went to Afghanistan. During one of our driving courses, I pulled out my black terrible towel, I always kept with me, and asked some of the soldiers to take a picture with me holding the terrible towel.

I told them it represents the best football team in America. Hopefully one day my wife, kids and I can make it to Pittsburgh to witness the best players at home. #HereWeGo — Eric Ochoa.

*Eric, thank you for sharing the photo & your story with us!! God bless you, and thank you for serving our country!

Monday night.

May 15th, 2017 by

Date night. Hockey night.

Pens win night.

Mother’s Day message…

May 14th, 2017 by

Momma, we just want to take a minute to say, ‘thank you’!

You’re the best mom in the whole wide world. You’re always there to wipe our tears when we are sad, pick us up when we fall, hug us when we need it, and laugh with us when we are silly.

We couldn’t ask for a better mom. We may not realize it now, but you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to us!

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. Hope you have an amazing day! — Benjamin, Baylee & Bodie.

Happy Mother’s Day out there to all the mothers and grandmothers, hope you all have a blessed day. Know that you are loved so much and appreciated more than we probably express.


Special love to my mom, Brenda. My mother in law, Jeannie. My grandmother GG, grandma J, and grandma Foust.
And most importantly to my amazing wife and mother of my 3 amazing kids – I love you! Happy Mother’s Day!! — Ben.

Ben “Maverick” Roethlisberger

May 12th, 2017 by

“I feel the need…the need for speed!”

From KDKA-Channel 2 this evening:

Aerial acrobats. Thunderbirds. “Wings over Pittsburgh” is back, for the first time in six years.

While the pilots are winging it, two-time Team USA Olympic goalie Brianne McLaughlin poses with her silver medals, then dons a different uniform than the red, white and blue she wore on the ice.

She’s prepared for a breathtaking flight on a Thunderbird.

Meanwhile, Columbus Blue Jackets’ winger Brandon Saad, formerly of Penn-Richland High School, prepares for a flight of his own.

“Playoffs, been there, done that before,” he said. “But for my first time doing this, I’m full of excitement, for sure.”

C_tmIhoXkAApr4dFrom the ice to the football field, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also got a special preview of the show. He got a ride on the T-33, a training plane used by new recruits.

“We just chatted back and forth. He wanted to fly over the stadium, down around Pittsburgh, the practice facility,” said pilot Greg Colyer. “I let him fly the airplane around a little bit, and then we came back and landed.”

So, what did the quarterback think of his bird’s eye view of the city?

“It was an unbelievable experience. It was something I can cross off my bucket list now,” Roethlisberger said. “You understand the power that the plane has, and how sensitive it is, and how awesome these pilots are.”

The theme of this year’s Wings over Pittsburgh is “Forging the Future.”

You can read more & catch a video here.

*Nothing like a quote from the movie, “Top Gun” to start the post off right!

Grab your golf clubs….

May 11th, 2017 by

And play a round with Big Ben, Brett Keisel and Heath Miller!

From The Golf Wire:

1Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – the acclaimed luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania – will host the star-studded Shepherd’s Rock Celebrity Pro-Am on July 11.

Kicking off at 10 a.m., the event is part of Nemacolin’s grand opening celebration for its much-anticipated new Pete Dye and Tim Liddy-designed Shepherd’s Rock golf course.

An exclusive pro-am draw and VIP gala event featuring Huey Lewis and The News occurs July 10 at 6 p.m.

Celebrities scheduled to participate include Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger; San Francisco 49ers placekicker Robbie Gould; PGA TOUR golfers Ben Curtis and Jason Gore; Golf Channel personalities Matt Ginella and Chris DiMarco; and local sports luminaries Brett Keisel, Heath Miller and Phil Bourque.

Packages to play in the pro-am are available for $2,950 (individual) and $10,400 (foursome). The offer includes overnight accommodations, welcome amenity package (valued at over $500), two tickets to the pro-am draw event and VIP gala, exclusive play on Shepherd’s Rock and more.

“This exciting celebrity pro-am will launch the opening of Shepherd’s Rock in grand fashion,” says Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation. “We want participants to enjoy the world-class experience offered here at Nemacolin and be among the first to play the course many feel is destined to become one of the most acclaimed layouts in the U.S.”

Perched high atop the Allegheny Mountains, the 7,151-yard Shepherd’s Rock course will offer extraordinary golf in a spectacular setting. The rolling bucolic terrain is ideal to fully utilize Dye’s brilliant imagination in fashioning a routing sure to draw raves from both media and guests. The dramatic par-5 18th, under the gaze of Nemacolin’s posh Falling Rock boutique hotel, features a green sitting atop the property’s high ground and a single, magnificent oak tree standing sentinel on the right.

Shepherd’s Rock is the only Mid-Atlantic layout and Pete Dye-designed golf course opening in 2017. The course will open to resort guests and members on July 1. Play for general public begins July 12.

For additional information or to register for the event, contact head golf professional Justin Collins at (724) 329-6112 /


WHAT: Nothing at this time


WHAT: The SunnyD Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp
WHEN: 2017
WHERE: Bethel Park High School, 309 Church Rd., Bethel Park, PA.
REGISTRATION: Sign up here (Use code BigBen7 for $20 off fee).


WHAT: Keynote Speaker – Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend
WHEN: March 17-18, 2017
WHERE: Liberty University
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