Steeler superstar ensures Lombard K-9 program stays in the game
Ben Roethlisberger won't sit idly on the sidelines while the Lombard Police Department's current K-9 retires.
Instead, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will donate $11,500 from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund to pay for a replacement, initial training and future training needs, the Lombard city website reported.
“As our current Police K-9 Officer Chico retires, this grant will allow the Village of Lombard to continue our commitment to our K-9 program, which has been in place for more than 25 years,” Lombard Police Chief Roy Newton said on the website. “Our new K-9 officer will benefit the Lombard community for years to come. We certainly appreciate the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation’s ongoing dedication to local law enforcement throughout the country.”
The Giving Back Fund is a 20-year-old public charity that manages foundations for entertainers, businesspeople and corporations. The charity is a partner of the NFLPA and the NFL Trust, which includes retired players.
Roethlisberger's foundation provides support for the K-9s and service dogs of police and fire departments in order to "protect our cities and neighborhoods, and allow these brave men and women to arrive home safely," according to the foundation's website.