Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward and the organization have pledged a donation of $122,200 to their Social Justice Grant program, benefitting the Homewood Children’s Village.
The @steelers made the first donation of 2020 from players & a matching commitment from the club as part of the Steelers Social Justice Grant program. The team kicked off 2020's program with a donation to @hcvpgh, with @CamHeyward leading the way.— Steelers Community Relations (@SteelersCR) December 23, 2020
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Heyward himself donated $50,000, while his teammates cornerback Steven Nelson, wide receiver Diontae Johnson, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and safety Sean Davis added a total $11,000.
Established in 2010, Homewood Children’s Village, assists children, families, and the community by “breaking down the social and economic barriers to success.” More specifically, the organization provides services that equips children with educational and developmental resources, while also granting adults programs, such as job training and leadership, in an around Homewood.
This is the third year Heyward has made a donation to assist the Homewood Children’s Village, an organization he holds close to his heart.
“To watch the kids have resources, to watch the adults use the space as well, it’s an awesome place,” Heyward told Steelers.com on Wednesday. “It’s very unique in that it serves so many different people. It’s a lasting thing that can benefit the community. With everything going on, we talk about giving back to our communities, serving our communities, they are doing that during a pandemic, which is unbelievable.”
“Being from Pittsburgh, my grandparents not living too far from there, and seeing firsthand what they do is special,” Heyward continued. “Coach Tomlin and I went there last year and to be able to see how appreciative they were was special. This is something I hope helps them grow their foundation.”
To Walter Lewis, President and CEO of Homewood Children’s Village, Heyward and the Steelers’ generosity is an invaluable investment for an organization doing true good in Pittsburgh.
“Getting help from Cam, from the Steelers, those are the things that can take a donation and can possibly double or triple it because other people might want to get involved as well,” Lewis told Steelers.com. “The spotlight it shines on the organization is incredible. The other thing too is the spotlight it shines on our community and what it feels like for a kid in our learning hub to know that Cam Heyward is investing in you. His donation is going to help us continue to provide support and services and programs for you. That is very powerful.”