Ben Roethlisberger announced today the second grant in the 2009 grant cycle of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The grant will be distributed to the Cincinnati Police Department in Cincinnati, Ohio. The department is seeking financial assistance for the purchase of a canine to replace one that recently passed away after seven years of service.
This NFL season The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will distribute grants to Police and Fire Departments in Pittsburgh and in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away opponent for the Steelers in 2009. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has invited police and fire departments in the eight cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.
In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, "It is an honor and a privilege to work with police and fire departments in and around the Pittsburgh area as well as with others around the country. We have had the opportunity to see first-hand how important the dogs are to these men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us. It's incredible to see the strong bond that is formed between the dogs and their partners both on the job and at home. "
"The Cincinnati Police Department would like to thank the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for the donation of a police canine. The canine team will be used to keep the public and police officers safe and take felons off the streets of Cincinnati," said Lieutenant James Gramke. "In this current economic climate, we are grateful the Foundation has chosen the Cincinnati Police Department."
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation seeks to provide support for police and fire departments throughout the US and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Findlay, OH and Pittsburgh, PA.