Findlay sells out inaugural Big Ben Foundation softball game

Ben Roethlisberger wore a live microphone for the game and interacted with the crowd (WNWO).

A sold out crowd greeted Ben Roethlisberger and some other members of the Pittsburgh Steelers for a celebrity softball contest in Findlay Sunday.

"I just love being able to give back to people because I've been blessed with so much. So whether it's football, charity events, or whatever it is, it's such a blessing," said Roethlisberger.

2,000 fans came to Findlay High School, Ben's alma mater, for his foundation's inaugural celebrity softball game.

"It's where I got started, right? There's coaches that are playing with us today that we're coaches when I was playing. So to be able to give back to my roots where I started means a lot, because I hope there might be another kid that, five or ten years from now, will be out here and coming back to do the same thing," declared Roethlisberger.

The game certainly was star-studded featuring Steelers players like T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward and Juju Smith-Schuster.

It was put on to raise money for K-9 units and Findlay High School athletics.

12 years ago, Findlay's K-9 officer was shot and killed, leading to Ben and his father providing a new one for the department.

Last year alone, the Big Ben Foundation raised more than $170,000 for K-9 units across the country.

Roethlisberger didn't know if the event would be back again next year.

"I'd like to. We'll see. We're just going to see how it goes this year. Obviously, it depends on what the fans like. If they like it, enjoy it and everybody has a good time, then we'll consider it again, but we're going to enjoy this one first."

In all, Ben helped raise $20,000 for his foundation.

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