*Ben Roethlisberger Announces Oxford K-9 Grant
Findlay, Ohio native and Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced today the fourth grant in the 2008 grant cycle of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The grant will be distributed to the Oxford Police K-9 unit in Oxford, Ohio to help purchase special equipment for their unit. This is the second year The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will be donating to the Oxford Police Department. Oxford, Ohio is home to Miami University, where Roethlisberger attended college and played football.
This NFL seasonThe Ben Roethlisberger Foundationwill be distributing grants to Police and Fire Departments in Pittsburgh and in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away opponent for the Steelers in 2008. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments in the nine cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.
In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, "Last year it was an honor and a privilege to work with police and fire departments in and around the Pittsburgh area as well as with others around the country. We have had the opportunity to see first-hand how important the dogs are to these men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us. It's incredible to see the strong bond that is formed between the dogs and their partners both on the job and at home. We are looking forward to being a part of the same great cause again this year."
Upon hearing the news that their department would receive this grant, Lieutenant Tom Horvath of the Oxford Police K-9 Unit stated, "We are very excited to receive a grant from Ben Roethlisberger for the second year in a row. Because of his concern for police canines we have been able to purchase necessary items that were outside of our budget capabilities. He made a huge impact on our community as a student athlete and continues to impact us through his foundation at The Giving Back Fund. We are very proud of Ben and appreciate his kindness toward our K-9 program and the city of Oxford."
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation seeks to provide support for police and fire departments throughout the US and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Findlay, OH and Pittsburgh, PA.
For more information about theBen Roethlisberger Foundationor The Giving Back Fund, please contact Stephanie Sandler or visitwww.bigben7.comorwww.givingback.org*
Ben Roethlisberger Announces Oxford K-9 Grant