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Local sports figures to be honored

Art Rooney Sr. knew the importance of having a strong team, a group that could work together to achieve the ultimate goal. In the 1970s, Rooney saw what a strong group could accomplish when 'The Chief' saw his beloved Steelers win four Super Bowls.

But he saw that others needed that same type of strength, in particular those at the Catholic Youth Association. So he reached out to the struggling organization and offered a hand, and the impact is still being felt today.

Rooney helped to start the Art Rooney Award Dinner, benefitting Catholic Youth Association and those they serve.

The annual dinner is as strong as ever, and will be held on Monday, April 3, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel.

This year's honorees are individuals 'The Chief' would love. Pittsburgh Penguins President David Morehouse will receive the Art Rooney Award; former Pitt running back James Conner, who fearlessly battled cancer, will receive the Bob Prince Award; KDKA's Bob Pompeani will receive the Bill Burns Award; and Sr. Janet Vanderneck, Casa San Jose will receive the John McGrady Award.

"It's a tremendous honor to receive the Art Rooney Award, especially having grown up in the city," said Morehouse. "It's very humbling."

Tickets are still available for the event. To learn more and purchase tickets to help honor these deserving recipients, while at the same time helping a great cause, click on Art Rooney Award Dinner.

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