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Joey Porter Building Center for Children, Adults with Special Needs

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Former Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter and his wife Christy are lending a helping hand to Pittsburgh’s special needs community.

The Porter family is reinventing Sheraden’s Holy Innocents Parish into a multi-service facility and community center, the Jasmine Nyree Campus.

Named after their daughter who was born with severe autism, the Porter wanted to create a space where special needs children and adults could easily access the resources they need, a reality they struggled with while raising her.

“Four years ago, I started to put plans in place here for special needs adults,” Christy Porter told NEXTpittsburgh. “When this property became available, I instantly knew it was the one. It’s so large; there are so many services we can provide, not just for the special needs community, but for all families in the area.”

The campus will be comprised of four buildings: the Patricia Jean Administration Building (named for Joey’s mother), a learning center, community center and an apartment building. They cut the ribbon on the first phase June 1.

The learning center — planned to open in January 2021 — will house a basketball court, library, computer lab and daycare dedicated to adults with special needs.

Slated for a December 2021 unveiling, the 75,000-square-foot community center will offer food and beverage options, a mental health clinic, drug and alcohol treatment, a cosmetology school and more. It will also house an employment hub that provides individuals with the opportunity to earn their GED, apply for college and receive job training.

The last phase is a 40-unit apartment building for low-income seniors, disabled veterans and special needs adults. It is expected to open in 2022.

While the entire project will not be completed for quite some time, the Porter is family is already serving the community by donating 300 meals to local children each Saturday.

Once completed, the facility will employ 200-300 people. They will host an on-site job fair on July 17.

Porter spent the first eight years of his career in Pittsburgh, winning a Super Bowl and earning three Pro Bowl selections. His 60 sacks are the third-most in franchise history.

Upon his retirement, Porter turned to coaching and joined the Steelers staff as a defensive assistant after a single season at Colorado State. He was promoted to outside linebackers coach in 2015, a title he held until the conclusion of the 2018 season.

The Porter family currently resides in Wexford. Their son Joey Jr. is entering his sophomore season as a cornerback at Penn State.

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Should Steelers Sign Zach Banner to be Starter in 2021?

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Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault.

He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. With Banner expected to be ready for a return next season, should the Steelers sign the 27-year-old with the anticipation that he could be a key piece to bolster the offensive line that was missing during the 2020 season?

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Zach Banner Announces Self-imposed Social Media Ban Until he Signs New Deal

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Zach Banner is sending a clear message about his priorities ahead of the 2021 NFL season. Banner, who is a free agent and looking for a new deal with the Steelers, tweeted that he is going to stay off social media until he officially signs on the dotted line.

Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault. He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. Banner now hopes to return to Pittsburgh and be the missing piece the Steelers offensive line desperately needs.

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Rooney: Steelers Plan to Return to St. Vincent for 2021 Training Camp

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There is plenty that remains up in the air about the 2021 NFL offseason, but the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plans to resume one of their enduring traditions that was broken by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The Steelers were forced to forgo their trip to the campus of St. Vincent College near Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 2020 due to the NFL’s rules regarding keeping players isolated during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s unclear how much those restrictions will change for the NFL teams this summer, but as things stand as of today, the Steelers are still making plans to return to the Laurel Highlands for the team’s annual training camp this summer.

“As we sit here today, our plan is to have training camp in Latrobe,” team president Art Rooney II said to Steelers.com on Friday. “We still have a ways to go to get there, but I think there’s a pretty good chance that’s going to be able to happen. We’re still hopeful we’re going to have some form of offseason program, and it’s probably not going to start on time but I think it’s important particularly for the young players that we get back to having an offseason program and then a full training camp and preseason games. I think we need to have that to help the young players continue to develop.”

Displaced from their usual bucolic summer home and from UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side due to capacity limitations, the Steelers spent the 2020 training camp and preseason at Heinz Field.

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