Ben Roethlisberger Throws Touchdowns and Police K9’s Get Protected

Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger has pledged to donate $1,000 for every touchdown he throws this season to his foundation, which has supported K-9 units and service dogs at police and fire departments throughout the country since 2007.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation and the Giving Back Fund will distribute grants to K-9 units in communities near the sites of the Steelers’ eight road games this season, and the Arlington County Police Department is the designated recipient for Week 1.

“Our K-9s are integral members of the Arlington County Police Department, both in the field and from a community outreach perspective,” Arlington County Police Chief M. Jay Farr said in a release. “We are grateful to receive this grant so we can provide our K-9s with ballistic vests as an added layer of protection to keep them safe.”

Roethlisberger established his foundation in 2006 after a police dog was shot and killed in his hometown of Findlay, Ohio. According to Roethlisberger’s website, his foundation has distributed more than $1.5 million in grants since 2007, including about $170,000 last season.

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  1. Unity Nowe

    This is great. Do the funds also go toward the (at least) 12 police dogs that have died this year (and last year) due to being left in hot cars and forgotten by their “partners”?

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