Today, Ben announced the first grant of the 2014-15 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

The Foundation will be distributing a grant to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, southwest of Baltimore, MD where the Steelers will play the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, September 11th.

“We appreciate The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for their generous grant. The foundation supports a great cause and tremendously helps many agencies all around the United States. Our K9s are important to us and to the citizens we serve. They help track missing people, locate fugitives and provide extra safety for officers who must confront very dangerous situations. We wouldn’t be able to do this without this grant funding.” — Sheriff Rex Coffey, Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office will apply the grant funds to the purchase and training of a new dog to replace recently retired K-9 Atos, who served with the department for over eight years.

ben_foundation_1During the 2014-15 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 eighth season that Ben’s 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.

Ben and his Foundation also strive to support Make-A-Wish.

The Foundation distributed $157,600 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2013 NFL season and has distributed in excess of $1.2 million since 2007.

You can learn more about Ben’s foundation here.

You can also see some great photos in Ben’s foundation album here.