When Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't throwing long passes to Antonio Brown, he works to improve communities across the country. His charitable foundation focuses on supporting K-9 units and service dogs. He also works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Recently, he provided 14-year-old Akeem Havens the opportunity to be his go-to wide receiver for the day.
Most recently, Roethlisberger provided donations to help the Shenango Township and Sharon police departments. The two organizations received a combined total of $23,000 from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation and the Giving Back Fund to go toward the procurement and training of K-9 working police dogs, according to WFMJ.com.
Roethlisberger describes his commitment to service on his webiste, BigBen7.com, "I have been blessed with opportunities throughout my life to pursue my goals and achieve some success, all under the guidance of a loving family and supportive communities. I was raised to appreciate my blessings and always try to help others who may not be as fortunate. I feel honored to be able to do so."
Stories like this rarely make the mainstream media stories, and it is nice to see members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who aren't alone with others around the NFL, using their name and status to help others.