Heyward gives from the heart

There is a reason Cameron Heyward is one of the Steelers' defensive captains. He is a player his teammates can count on, someone who is a leader in the locker room and on the field. And off the field, he takes the same approach.

Heyward believes in giving back to the community. He understands that he can make a difference in the lives of others, whether it's through his time, words or actions.

And on Monday night, he did just that when he hosted his second annual "Steel and Steaks," at Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse. The event benefits The Heyward House Foundation, with the main beneficiaries being KidsVoice and the Boys & Girls Club in Pittsburgh.

"This is an awesome event because the goal and focus behind this event is children," said Heyward. "I am very blessed to be in the situation I am in. I know I wouldn't be in this situation if I didn't have people that helped me.

"This is more of a fundraiser, but at the end of the day it helps children. It's nice to have both sides of it. The people that are here tonight are passionate about how it goes as well."

Among those sharing that passion were some of Heyward's teammates, there to support him and say thanks to others who show their support.

"For them to give their time is huge," said Heyward. "I don't know if I could do this if they didn't help."

Guests had a chance to bid on silent auction items throughout the night, with all of the proceeds helping the foundation continue to develop important programs in Pittsburgh, as well as the Atlanta area.

"This event is really important because it's a chance to thank everyone," said his mother, Charlotte Heyward, who heads up the Heyward House Foundation. "It's also a chance to share with everyone what the foundation has done and the impact we are making.

"It all starts with children. They are our future. If there is anyone to give to, in my heart it's children. They are our future and you want to reach them when they are younger. They need it the most."

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