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Miller golfs for a good cause


After spending the morning at OTAs, Steelers tight end Heath Miller was ready for a round of golf. Well, at least miniature golf.

Miller hosted the 18th Annual Mini Golf Classic on Thursday night at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center on Neville Island, an event that benefits Project Bundle-Up.

"It's always fun playing mini golf," said Miller. "I have been able to do it for a number of years and the cool thing is a lot of the same faces come back to support the charity. It's kind of neat to see everyone on a yearly basis."

Project Bundle-Up is a Salvation Army program that provides winter outerwear for needy children in Southwestern Pennsylvania and was founded by Patricia Rooney, wife of Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, and Joe DeNardo, retired WTAE-TV weatherman.

While Thursday was a warm day in Pittsburgh, Miller knows come winter the temperatures will drop and warm outwear will become a necessity.  

"Here in Pittsburgh we have some pretty cold weather through the winter time," said Miller. "It's tough to think about someone having to weather that without the proper clothing, trying to stay warm when most of us are comfortable in our coats. If we can help some of those people it's a great cause."

Miller gets to see firsthand where the money goes when each year he and his teammates take children from different Salvation Army groups shopping for winter outwear, helping them choose the clothing and just spending time with the youngsters.  

"That is one of the coolest things about it. My teammates and I go shopping with the kids," said Miller. "You see where the proceeds are going to. To see the smile on the kid's faces, you get to see the event full circle and it's pretty neat."  

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