Today, Ben announced the third grant of the 2015-16 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

The Foundation will be distributing a grant to the El Cajon Police Department just east of San Diego where the Steelers will play the Chargers on October 12th. The El Cajon Police plan to use the grant toward the purchase of a new K-9 for their four-dog unit.

“Thank you for considering the San Diego Police Department. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation made an excellent choice in the El Cajon Police Department. I have gotten to know their command staff quite well and they are a worthy and deserving recipient. As a member of the K9 community, I wanted to say thank you to you and the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for supporting the police K9 community. As you know, these great tools are a vital life saving resource and your support nationally will only improve police responses to critical incidents and subsequently, influence the perception the public has on what we do. In this day and age it is refreshing to see this kind of support. I don’t have to be a recipient to say thank you.” — Lieutenant Duane Voss, San Diego Police Department Canine Unit.

bigpumpkinpuppy_wsDuring the 2015-16 NFL season, The Ben Roethlisberger 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 and will consider a grant to a non-NFL market city in the United States for each playoff game in which the Steelers compete. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.

This marks the ninth season that The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. 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 support Make-A-Wish.

The Foundation distributed more than $130,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2014-15 NFL season and has distributed in excess of $1.3 million since 2007.

“The El Cajon Police Department recently learned we have been selected by the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to receive a grant award to purchase a police service dog and kennel. The purchase of this service dog will allow us to replace a retiring dog, allowing us to continue to serve the citizens of El Cajon and surrounding agencies through mutual aid. On behalf of the City of El Cajon and the El Cajon Police Department, I would like to thank the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for their support and generosity. It’s partnerships like these that continue to make our communities safer.” — Jim Redman, El Cajon Chief of Police.

Fans of The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation 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, or to make a donation, please contact Jessica Duffaut.