NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be doing some good work off the field when the Steelers visit Cincinnati this weekend.
Roethlisberger is presenting a grant to the Norwood Police Department to purchase training and safety equipment for a canine and training for the handler.
The donation is made possible through The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at the Giving Back Fund.
Roethlisberger is a Findlay, Ohio native who played college football at Miami University in Oxford.
During the 2011-12 NFL season, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will be distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. The Foundation will also distribute several grants to the Pittsburgh area and will consider grants to any two cities in the United States if the Steelers make the playoffs. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.
This marks the fifth season that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units.
"The Norwood Police Department is proud and grateful to receive the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Grant," said Norwood Police Chief Keith Belleman. "This grant will allow the Norwood Police Department to re-institute its K-9 program. If not for the generosity of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, this would not have been possible."
"We're very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units," said Roethlisberger. "The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We're just thrilled to do our small part."