From Teresa Varley, at Steelers.com today:
Roethlisberger is one of 32 NFL team’s “Man of the Year” award winners and qualifies for the league’s national 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year. The award recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. The overall winner will be announced during Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey.
In 2006, Roethlisberger started the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which makes grants to local police and fire departments with an emphasis on K-9 units and service dogs. The idea came when a police dog named Flip was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2006 in Roethlisberger’s hometown. Since 2007, the Foundation has made 123 grants nationwide, totaling more than $1 million to 117 police and fire departments and several youth organizations. The canine grants have funded the purchase of at least 72 dogs, the training of more than 25 additional dogs and 54 handlers and safety and training equipment, food, vet services and housing for countless more.
For his contributions, Roethlisberger became the first non-law enforcement individual to be honored by the Annual Amen Corner Senator John Heinz Law Enforcement Awards in October 25, 2013.
One of his favorite charities is Make-A-Wish. He enjoys not only being part of the wish experience but helping to make other children’s wishes come true. This year, his foundation made its second annual donation to Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania to help grant more wishes, increasing from $25,000 to $30,000.
He and his wife have participated in the annual Salvation Army Project Bundle Up shopping night, helping underprivileged children choose warm winter outerwear, and attend many of his teammate’s charity events. He also provides a holiday dinner annually for those in need. This year it was for the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania.
He was honored with the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania “National Champion of Youth Award” for his continued commitment to the community, particularly his work with children. He hosts an annual football camp, with many Boys & Girls Club members attending for free thanks to his generosity.
You can read more from Ms. Varley here.
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Happy Birthday Wishes To
Troy Bowline (Sep 19)
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Judi Kirsch (Sep 19)
Diane Miller (Sep 19)
Kris Nelson (Sep 19)
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Bev Haggarty (Sep 21)
Dylan Hernandez (Sep 21)
Josh Holtrop (Sep 21)
Mike Karaica (Sep 21)
Rand Rothlisberger (Sep 21)
Jaci Ullom (Sep 21)
Hunter Arnold (Sep 22)
Lila Chapman (Sep 22)
Delanie Gross (Sep 22)
James E. Frazier, Sr. (Sep 22)
Zandra Lucero (Sep 22)
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Emily Ryan Reed (Sep 29)
Kay Barnes (Sep 30)
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Robin Josey (Oct 2)
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Michael Riccitelli (Oct 2)
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Leanna Sky Szwydek (Oct 2)
Susan Gaggiotti (Oct 3)
Theresa Frankiewicz (Oct 3)
Tammy Heflin (Oct 3)
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The words from Coach Hep's favorite poem, "Don't Quit" were not recited just to motivate his players before a game - they were a way of life for him. Ben keeps a copy of that poem taped to his locker.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but do not quit.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Ben on the Cover