The second grant of the 2010 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will be distributed to The Kody Snodgrass Memorial Foundation, known as 832 K-9’s Deputy Dogs, near Tampa Bay, Florida.

The Foundation is seeking financial assistance to provide accelerated training for bloodhounds, specifically in response to child abduction.

“The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has enabled this organization to bring more children home,” said Foundation Chairperson Angela Snodgrass. “Our mission is to save lives, and by increasing the level of training given to these miraculous bloodhounds, we also increase the success rate of finding the lost.”

From their website:

“The Kody Snodgrass Memorial Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to providing law enforcement with exceptional bloodhounds trained for police work at little or no charge. The Foundation, known as 832 K-9’s Deputy Dogs breeds, raises and trains registered bloodhounds, providing the expert training necessary for these dogs to become valuable partners in the law enforcement community.”

You can read about Officer Snodgrass (above with his partner Jimmy in 2001) who is the inspiration for this mission here.

This NFL season, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will be distributing grants to police and fire departments in Pittsburgh, and in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away-game where the Steelers play.

You can learn about the Giving Back Fund by contacting Stephanie Sandler at (310) 649-5222 or visiting their website here.

For more info on Ben’s Foundation, check out the Foundation page on this site!

Also Today:

Congratulations to Charlie Batch and the Steelers for their 38-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

The Steelers are now 3-0 as they prepare this week to play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Heinz Field – 1:00 pm.

Quote of the Day:

“The league does not want us to be 4-0 with a mad Ben [Roethlisberger] coming back, I’ll tell you that. We are playing with a lot of confidence as a team, offensively, defensively, special teams. I know Ben right now is itching to hurry up and get back to be here with us.”   — Hines Ward, during his post-game comments, on the Steelers being 3- 0.