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Black and Gold Raise Green for Kids

November 10, 2016

For more than 25 years, members of the Steel City Connection, a group of Pittsburgh sports fans, have gotten together every week during football season to cheer on the guys in black and gold. While their gathering spot - and the people in it - have changed over the years, the group’s commitment to helping children hasn’t waivered. This fall, the group presented a check for $6,438 to representatives from Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF). Since the Steel City Connection started supporting CHF in 1990, more than $64,650 has been collected from individual donations, special events and Pittsburgh memorabilia raffle drawings.

“We never know when someone in our community will need the support that Children’s Hospital Foundation provides,” said Ryan Gibson, a life-long Pittsburgh fan and one of the group’s coordinators with his wife, Crystal. “It helps us feel closer to the community as we cheer on our favorite teams together and help raise money for a great cause.”

In addition to watching football, the group’s more than 140 members enjoy cheering for Pittsburgh’s baseball, hockey and college teams, traveling to nearby games and supporting CHF events including the Four Mile Fun Run and Bowl-A-Thon. The Steel City Connection’s support of CHF began a year after its founding as a way to honor the time spent at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh by the daughter of the club’s founding president. Since that time, children of club members have been helped by Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

“It’s truly a group effort,” said Ryan of the group’s annual donations, “as many of our members volunteer time in recruiting players, getting autographs or donating unique Steelers memorabilia. It’s great to see how everyone comes together to commit to the cause.”

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