Steelers Jerome Bettis Presents Young Athletes With $64K for 'Sports Matter' Project

CORAPOLIS PA. — Former Pittsburgh Steelers Jerome Bettis along with Steelers Jarvis Jones recently appeared at Dick’s Sporting Goods headquarters in Coraopolis where they put some young athletes through the paces as part of the company’s “Sports Matter” project. According to KDKA, two area schools and a soccer club, suffering from financial shortfalls, received checks from Dick’s totaling more than $64,000 for their sports programs. Steelers running back, Jerome Bettis, presented a check to young athletes June 2014 for more than $64K from Dicks Sporting Goods for their sports programs.

“We’ve got to keep these programs funded, give these kids an opportunity to participate in sports,” Bettis said.

“It’s so important to a child’s development in becoming a young man or a young woman.” The students had to work for it. They raised money to match the Dick’s Sporting Goods donations. While the young athletes appreciate the funding, coach Bill Bishop of Jubilee Christian School says the best part was meeting the Steelers. “The whole day was a great, great surprise, but they were all taking selfies with Jerome and Jarvis…” Bishop said.
Watch the following video where former Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back, Jerome Bettis tells people in 2011 about the PACE program in which Dick’s will donate $1 for every athletic shoe they sell to imPACT, a program developed by two doctors that uses an initial baseline test and subsequent trials to measure the effects of concussions on athletes of all ages.

Jerome Bettis, nicknamed “The Bus,” is a former NFL running back who played for the St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. Bettis is sixth on the list of NFL rushing yards leaders. He retired in 2006 after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL. If you would like to book football speakers or NFL players like Jerome Bettis for a speaking engagement or personal appearance, contact Jerome Bettis’agent for speaker fees or call 800.966.1380.

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