Summer is approaching fast, and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is doing his part to ensure Pittsburgh-area foster children have what they need to enjoy it.
Fitzpatrick partnered with the Dreambuilders Foundation and KidsVoice to distribute bicycles to local foster children on Tuesday, a way of encouraging them to get outdoors.
In partnership with @Dreambuilders_1 and @KidsVoicePA, @minkfitz_21 distributed new bikes and shoes to some Pittsburgh-area children in foster care to celebrate spring and encourage them to spend more time outdoors! pic.twitter.com/qPB65shVeU— Steelers Community Relations (@SteelersCR) May 4, 2021
The Dreambuilders Foundation “is a non-profit organization that works with pro athletes across the country to help financially, physically and mentally-challenged kids receive the items, opportunities and equipment they need to achieve their dreams,” according to the foundation’s website.
KidsVoice Pa helps represent the interests of children involved in the Allegheny County Juvenile Court child-welfare system.
“It’s just something simple, something fun,” Fitzpatrick told Steelers.com. “Hopefully these kids will go home, ride their bikes with their friends, pop some wheelies and just have fun.”
35 kids ranging from 7 to 12 years old received bikes at the giveaway, which was located right next to Heinz Field at the Carnegie Science Center. They were also gifted bike helmets, new shoes and some signed Steelers memorabilia.
“Minkah is an extremely genuine person,” executive director of KidsVoice Scott Hollander told Steelers.com. “To have him say this is a cause that is important to him, that he wants to help foster kids, means so much. He hasn’t even been in Pittsburgh that long, and for him to want to do something for foster kids, at risk kids. He is interested in the kids. He relates to the kids. He relates to my staff. He is just a genuine person.”
KidsVoice is an organization that “represents abused and neglected kids who are in foster or group homes.”