Today, Ben announced the seventh grant of the 2012-13 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.
The Foundation will be distributing a grant to the Baltimore Police Department where the Steelers will play the Ravens on Sunday, December 2nd.
The Baltimore Police Department plans to use the funds to add a bomb-detecting dog to their K-9 unit and to purchase a bite suit for training purposes.
This marks the sixth season that The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. The mission of the 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 and to support other charitable organizations, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
You can get more information about Ben’s Foundation here!
You can also contact Stephanie Sandler at the The Giving Back Fund.
And speaking of Baltimore….
“I’m not a hundred percent but we’re going to get as close as we can.” — Ben
Ben answered questions from the media today about the progress of his injured shoulder and rib, his ability to practice, and his arm strength as the team prepares for their showdown with the Ravens.
“I can play through a lot of pain, so, that is a little bit,” said Ben. “But, mostly it’s just to me, ability. Can I make the long throw? Can I put a lot of zip on the ball, throw it really hard before people like Ed Reed and defenders can get to the ball, because if I can’t then I’m not putting this team in the best situation to win games.”
You can watch video from the Q&A here.
UPDATE: On Friday, November 30th, the Steelers announced on their website that Ben “has been officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens”.