The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced a total of $432,400 in donations stemming from their Social Justice Fund Initiative over the past year.
32 different players donated to various causes through the initiative, with all contributions matched by the Steelers organization. Defensive end Cam Heyward and center Maurkice Pouncey donated the largest totals, each contributing $50,000 a piece.
“It’s a blessing to see so many players, including younger ones, get involved. They see the bigger picture,” Pouncey said. “They know we are all blessed in a tremendous amount of ways. For those guys to buy in at a young age, and they see that it’s bigger than them. They see other people are out there hungry, they see other people out there that are in need. That is a big plus for sports in general.”
In total, 21 different organizations benefited from the Social Justice Fund, tackling a number of issues both in Pittsburgh and in players’ hometowns, such as youth development, food access, police relations, housing and veterans affairs.
“There are so many stories. I understand we’re able to do our jobs. Some people aren’t. It’s been very tough for families. I am proud to see our players doing their part through the grant program,” Heyward said. “They continue to grow in their part. It’s not something I take lightly. If you choose to be involved, be involved. That goes a long way. It’s not just about football. We want to be men of service and I think this is a good step.”