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Golden: 'That means a lot to us'

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Safety Robert Golden is giving back in his hometown of Fresno, California.

Steelers’ safety Rob Golden will hold his second annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge on Friday, July 11 in his hometown of Fresno, CA to benefit the group home Keeping Youth Journeying Onward (KYJO).   

Participants will have the opportunity to bowl with Golden, as well as other celebrities and NFL players, during the fun-filled evening that Golden knows will provide plenty of benefits for the kids.

“Everything that is raised from the weekend helps the kids,” said Golden. “A lot of the kids in the group homes don’t have what other kids have. We are able to buy them those things because it makes them feel good and accepted. That means a lot to us.”

The fun doesn’t stop with the bowling challenge. Golden is also hosting a free Believe and Achieve Football Clinic for kids grades 4-8 on Saturday, July 12 at Bulldog Stadium at Fresno State. Kids can register until July 7. 

“There are not a lot of kids out here in Fresno fortunate enough to have a pair of cleats, to be able to mingle with NFL players,” said Golden. “For me to be able to bring these guys here to do the clinic is awesome. You see the smile on the kids faces. I was once one of them and if I would have been able to have NFL players come out and help me out then it would have meant a lot to me. To see the kid’s smiles means a lot to me. I know what it can mean to have someone there helping them. Any time I can do it I will.”

Golden doesn’t just host the weekend for KYJO, but also visits the group home and takes part as a speaker at the home’s “Becoming a Man” class.

“When I go back to Fresno I visit and interact with the kids,” said Golden. “I was a speaker there before, talking about making decisions, growing up, and trying to be the best person you can be. They know me, so it’s pretty good.”  

For more information on both events visit KYJO.