Helping those who make a difference

The Steelers bond with the Pittsburgh community is something that is ongoing, with one of the more recent endeavors being the Steelers Social Justice Grant program.

The program is an effort to engage with various factions, including law enforcement, charitable organizations, military and more to strengthen the community at large.

And on Monday the team gave back in a big manner, donating $50,000 to the Best of the Batch Foundation, run by former quarterback Charlie Batch.

The grant will help the foundation in their efforts to improve the quality of life for children in the Mon Valley area and allow them to serve more kids than ever before.

"This was totally unexpected," said Batch. "I appreciate that and am humbled by them selecting us. Being around the Steelers organization for so long, and our foundation being a part of that, and Mr. (Art) Rooney seeing what we have done and grown to the levels we have, it means so much for him to continue to support us. For him to put his name behind it and support us like this, it truly means a lot.

"This is a time of year we look to see what is in the budget for next year and we see if we can continue to grow and add to our programming. Being blessed with this gift allows us to have a good head start for what we can do going into 2020."

The donation will help the foundation add more programming for the kids they serve on a daily basis, from providing meals, to more resources for the reading club, homework club, 'Girl Talk' and 'STEAM' programs.

"Mr. Rooney is pulled in a lot of different directions. For him to come and see what we are doing, and done it multiple times, and the children we serve have the opportunity to meet him and shake his hand, that means so much. It's easy to give your money where you want it to be, but he is giving his time and actually showing up and I think that speaks volumes to him."

In addition, the donation will aid with the expansion of the Best of the Batch facility that is under construction.

"The Steelers are such a community-oriented organization," said Latasha Wilson-Batch, executive director of the Best of the Batch Foundation. "They always remind people never forget where you came from. Always take care of home. For them to remember the Mon Valley, when it gets forgotten a lot, I think it's important. The fact that they have chosen us to continue to make a difference is remarkable and humbling."

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