Roethlisberger Announces Washington, D.C. K-9 Grant

Roethlisberger Announces Washington, D.C. K-9 Grant
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced the fifth grant in the 2008 grant cycle of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The grant will be distributed to the Greenbelt Police K-9 unit in Greenbelt, Maryland, a small community five miles northeast of Washington, D.C. The department is seeking financial assistance for the purchase of a new canine. The department became in need of a replacement when one of their current dogs, Cigo, was injured in the line of duty in September of this year.

This NFL season
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation* will be distributing 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 2008. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments in the nine cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.

In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, "Last year it was 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. "

Upon hearing the news that their department would receive this grant, Chief Jim Craze of the Greenbelt Police stated, "This is an outstanding opportunity for the Greenbelt Police Department to provide greater service to the community. Our K-9 unit was under the possibility of being reduced from four dogs to three, and now Ben has given us the opportunity to be a full-strength unit. The city of Greenbelt wants to thank Ben and the Foundation from the bottom of our hearts. Maybe we'll even name the new dog Ben!"

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.

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