Pittsburgh athletes team up for a good cause


Pittsburgh sports teams are 'Burgh Proud,' and when it comes to the players, they share that same commitment of coming together, always supporting each other, and often times a good cause at the same time.

That was the case on Monday night when Steelers, Pirates and Penguins players came together at the Players 4 Kids Gala, at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The event benefits the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, a local organization that benefits at risk kids in the Pittsburgh region, but has far-reaching effects helping orphaned children in poverty-stricken Haiti.

The foundation, through the leadership of the athletes involved, offers mentoring programs, camps, sports clinics, and school visits, among other events. Over the last few years the foundation has expanded efforts to help children in Haiti, including building the IDADEE Orphanage.

"They do stuff in Pittsburgh and global," said Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum. "It's great that players from different sports in the city come together to raise awareness for the foundation and the programs that the foundation does within the city.

"You have the Pirates, Penguins and some of us getting together. It's not often that we are able to get together to break bread, so to be able to do so is pretty special."

Also attending the event was Steelers fullback Will Johnson, Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon and second baseman Neil Walker, as well as other Pirates and Penguins.

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