Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward turned 30 on May 6, and for the fifth year, the Pro Bowler is doubling his birthday celebration as an opportunity to give back to the community.
In a press release Monday, it was announced that Heyward will be hosting his fifth annual The Heyward House Birthday Bash on Tuesday, May 14. Heyward will celebrate with area children benefiting from his foundation, as the event will support The Boy and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvannia.
Heyward will be joined for the festivities by some of his Steeler teammates, as they host a birthday party for the kids. They will play games with the children, serve them dinner and share birthday cake and cupcakes.
The event will be held at Dave and Buster’s in Homestead, beginning at 4:15 p.m.
One of the Steelers’ most impactful leaders on the field and in the community, Heyward is delighted to be able to share his birthday celebration with local children for another year.
“I am very excited to be able to celebrate my 30th birthday party with children from the Boys and Girls Clubs,” Heyward said. “Having this opportunity to spend time with the children that we work to support in our community mean the world to me and is one of my favorite days of the year. We are going to have some fun and a great afternoon for these deserving kids.”
The Heyward House was started in 2015 to help underprivileged children in the Pittsburgh area.
Heyward is coming off a Pro Bowl season where he accounted for eight sacks, ten tackles for loss and 18 QB hits.
Drafted out of Ohio State with the 31st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Heyward is entering his ninth season with the franchise.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Delivers Pizzas to Steelers Fans
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is bringing some joy to fans during tough times.
Smith-Schuster spent his Tuesday afternoon delivering pizzas for PizzaHut, and even took the time to snap a pic with a young fan, courtesy of JimStamm22 on Twitter.
Hopefully, this gives everyone a little lift today. @TeamJuJu just delivered @pizzahut to our house in Pittsburgh. He even took a little time to take a picture with our son, Ben. Thanks Juju, you made our day!!! 👍😁🍕#Steelers #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/u7u561SheP— ForTheCity_412 (@JimStamm22) June 2, 2020
A fan favorite, Smith-Schuster is entering his fourth season in Pittsburgh.
After an explosive sophomore season in 2018, Smith-Schuster battled injuries and inconsistent quarterback play that combined for a lackluster 2019.
With the return of franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Smith-Schuster appears primed to deliver more than pizzas this upcoming season.
Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College
It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And so the NFL has told all its teams that they must stay at their team facilities for this summer's training camps.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 2, 2020
The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.
The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.
Steelers Honor 2020 Graduates at Heinz Field
The Pittsburgh Steelers are showing love to the 2020 graduates that had their senior years cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team honored this year’s graduating class by displaying a congratulatory message on the scoreboard at Heinz Field Friday night.
You worked hard.— Heinz Field (@heinzfield) May 30, 2020
You did your best.
You gave it your all.
You earned this.
Congratulations to the class of 2020! pic.twitter.com/bzykmUF6u7
A few current and former Steelers players also voiced their support on social media, including running back James Conner, defensive end Cam Heyward and retired defensive end Brett Keisel.
“Keep focused, keep chasing your dreams,” Conner said. “I know 2020’s been a wild year, but just stay focused, stay locked in. I know you guys are all going to go and accomplish great things.”
Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2020!— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 29, 2020
Tonight at 8:20 pm, we honor you by displaying a special congratulatory message on the videoboard at @HeinzField!@JamesConner_ | @CamHeyward | @bkeisel99 pic.twitter.com/HaG5SVofNi
Students across the Pittsburgh area have been forced to finish the school year from home, and have unfortunately had to miss out on some of life’s biggest milestones, such as prom and graduation day.
It’s great to see the Steelers doing their part to make students feel celebrated and recognized.