Every year Steelers' players hit the runway, showing off their fashion sense while having a good time at the team's annual Steelers Style Fashion Show. At a separate event former Steelers' players reminisce about the past, sharing fun and entertaining stories with guests at Taste of the Steelers.
While the events focus on fun, football and fashion on those particular nights, there is a much greater meaning as both of them serve as fundraisers, with the UMPC Sports Medicine Concussion Program one of the beneficiaries.
On Thursday Steelers President Art Rooney II presented a check to Dr. Micky Collins, Clinical and Executive Director of the Concussion Program for concussion research, representing proceeds from the events.
"We feel very fortunate to have the concussion clinic down the street from us," said Rooney. "Our players can access some of the greatest experts in the country. This is an asset for the whole community. Players from all sports and all parts of the community have access to these doctors and the research that is being done. It's great to be able to support a facility that is an important asset in our community."
The Steelers donated $275,000 to the program, something that will benefit the advanced research Dr. Collins is doing and allow the program to continue the growth it has seen over the last few years.
"It's an amazing gift from the Steelers for our program," said Dr. Collins. "We now have a whole center devoted to concussion. We have learned a tremendous amount about how to treat and manage kids effectively. A concussion is a manageable injury. With the gift and donation we received from the Rooneys, it's going to become even more manageable. The money is going to go a long way to benefit our research. That is what this is all about, evidence based practice and getting kids back to play safely.
"There are a lot of misperceptions out there about concussion and I think over time our research is going to be able to show that like other injuries we can manage effectively and get kids back to play safely. We are very good at that here, and we are going to just get better with the support from the Steelers."