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Today Ben announced the first grant award of the 2018 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

The Foundation will be distributing a grant to the North Royalton Police Department, just south of Cleveland where the Steelers will play the Browns on September 9th.

The North Royalton Police Department will use the grant funds to purchase a K-9 as well as a vest and kennels for the dog as they prepare to re-establish their K-9 unit.

During the 2018 NFL season, Ben’s Foundation will be distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. The Foundation will also distribute several grants to the Pittsburgh area. In late Spring Ben invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals to his foundation detailing their needs.

This is the 12th season that Ben’s foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. His 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, PA.

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.

“The City of North Royalton and The North Royalton Police Department would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for awarding our Department this grant to fund a K-9 unit. This addition to our Police Department will assist us in continuing our mission of providing a safe community for visitors and residents. We truly appreciate the support shown to the Law Enforcement Community across the country by Mr. Roethlisberger and his Foundation.” — Bruce G. Campbell, North Royalton’s Director of Public Safety.

In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, “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.”

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

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