Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made a huge impact on the field for the Steelers on Sunday with his amazing performance in the win over the Indianapolis Colts, and on Monday he made an impact off the field by donating $1 million to his alma mater, Miami University.
Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley made the donation to Miami Athletics to go towards the construction of the Indoor Sports Center. The complex is expected to be completed in January, and will feature an indoor field that will be called Ben Roethlisberger Field.
"This gift is a huge thank you to everything, on and off the field, that Miami University provided me," said Roethlisberger, who played at Miami from 2001-03. "Attending Miami was one of the best decisions of my life and I am happy to play a small part in helping to rebuild this football program."
The Indoor Sports Center will be used by all 19 of Miami's sports programs, allowing year-round training for all student athletes.
"I want to thank Ben and Ashley for their support of Miami Athletics," said Athletics Director David Sayler. "This gift continues our vision to make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes and that includes winning MAC Championships. I am thankful that both Ben and Ashley share in that same vision."