From our Camp Parents & Grandparents…

June 21st, 2017 by

about this year’s ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Youth Fantasy Experience Camp:

“My son Camden had a blast and learned alot! Ben and his family were absolutely great! And the Rooney’s thanks for letting Ben use the indoor practice field!!! It saved alot of us parents and grandparents from that heat!! Lol.. All in all it was a wonderful experience and a great way to spend Father’s Day!! We will be attending Ben’s future youth camps no doubt about it! #ClassActOnAndOffTheField” — Shawn Coulson.

Devon Ralph‏ @steelercrue
Maxwell got to meet @_BigBen7 today. @ProCamps did an amazing job as usual #Steelers

“We came to your camp today! Thank you Ben!!” — Kristy Jane.

“My son had ‘the best day ever!!!!!’ He was so nice to all the children and made a point to interact with as many as he could. The first of many we will be attending for sure!!!!” — Andrea Montroy.

“Thank you so much Ben for all you do for your team which to me is the best and all the kids you help all the time.” — Susan Cange.

“Wow, my two younger grandchildren were there today. What an experience for them!! Thanks for allowing your time to be spent with a lot of kids today.” — Jackie Domer.

Brooke Bestor‏ @BrookeBestor
3 generations of Steeler Nation after a great day at Pro camp! Thanks @_BigBen7

Deron Tatala‏ @Tally316
@_BigBen7 @sunnydelight @ProCamps Loving the experience! So thankful to share this with my son! #Veterans #FathersDay

Zachery Mezger‏ @coachzman
Had so much fun with @_BigBen7 today love ya bubba 😎

“This is just wonderful what you’re doing for these kids and the community. Thank you so much!” — Sandy Smith.

“Asher has been on the year, he played with Ben Jr. At age 6, it was his turn. Thank you for the time you took to show him how to pass. He is still doing it today. He is tiny but mighty. Thanks Ben!” — Cathy Chambers Pennybacker.

“We had a great day! My son Randall loved it and can’t wait for next year!” — Melissa Cloak.

“I brought my two sons from Albany New York so my oldest son could see his favorite football player! Ever since he could talk he pretended to be Big Ben. He caught three passes from him. He was so excited! Thank you Ben Roethlisberger for giving them some of your time on Father’s Day!” — William La Rose, IV.

“Our son went as well from Albany, NY and it was the best day for him and my husband who has been a Steelers fan since the 70’s. (Second year straight going for them two.) In fact, even our daughter is such a fan she went to watch her brother and get an opportunity to see Big Ben. Can’t tell you how much it means to these kids. Thank you Ben for giving up your Father’s Day for such an incredible opportunity.” — Michele Skumurski.

“Thank you so much Mr. Roethlisberger for making my kid’s year! Scotty had so much fun at your camp. We appreciate all you gave up with your own family on Father’s Day to be there at the camp and with our kid. Also, we are from Georgia and my husband and son had such a great guys trip this Father’s Day weekend so they could attend the camp. It was an experience neither of them will forget! Special thanks also to Mr. Pouncey for being there too and taking a pic.” — Jacqualine Hyde‎.

“We drove up from GA Sunday for the camp. I can’t express how thankful I am for my son to have the experience. But I have to get something off my chest . When Ben was leaving I tried to get a pic, he rushed out. At first I was mad, but I was wrong to have felt that way, I even talked to my son about this. Ben was there taking time away from HIS kids during Father’s Day. I remember seeing him running back and forth from camp to his family. He went out of his way to make the experience for kids memorable, and I feel like he did. Sometimes as fans we can be as selfish as I was, I hope the rest of Ben’s day was great! Thanks for all you do, on and off the field. My son​ already talking about coming back next year. I did talk with Pouncey during camp and got a pic, so big thanks to Pouncey for being there!” — Tommy Hyde.

“We had a great time there this year, Next year we’re going to double or triple the food going to food bank. Also a big great job to Ben and all the coaches for a job well done, we’ll be seeing you next year…” — Sean Porter.

Thank you for you and your wife for the time spent with these kids, especially on Father’s Day. Unforgettable experience for my son Devin Nether.” — Ca Ben-Nether.

“I have always been a huge big Ben fan….and I have been a Steelers fan longer than Mr. Roethlisberger has been alive. But after attending this year’s Pro camp with my boy, I am his BIGGEST FAN!!! He is the real deal, folks! He loved interacting with those kids!! And Maurkice Pouncey was an awesome addition! Love him too! Happy Fathers Day to you guys! Thank you so much for giving my boy memories to last a lifetime (and his Old Grandma too) Hope to see you next year!” — Rhonda Lane.

Justin Couture‏ @sickdog5
Tyler got to meet @_BigBen7 thanks Ben we had a great time. Great job by @ProCamps

“My son was so happy to have met you! Thanks for all you do.” — Jessica Medrano.

“Camps can mean so very much to the children moving forward…sometimes the smallest things learnt in those camps mean the most in life!” – Joyce Ruben-Davies.

Andrew and Lorri‏ @beileberbecks
@_BigBen7 fastest camper in the Steeler Division. Had a blast!

“Thanks Ben for being so kind to these kids.” — Charlie Sizemore.

George Cecere‏ @CecereGeorge
Ben Camp 2017 @_BigBen7 thanks to Ben & Maurkice for coaching – great experience for the youth…

“We had so much fun there yesterday at his camp and brought 21 can good items in my sons backpack. Ben is such a nice down to earth guy! His daughter was literally running around inside playing too and there had to of been like 6 long folding tables full of non perishables to be donated from the campers. It was just an overall great experience!!! We will be coming back every year for sure!!” — Andrea Montroy.

Peter Davila 🐧‏ @CoachDavila
@vulcansfootball giving back to the community and working the @_BigBen7 youth camp yesterday for @ProCamps. Had an AWESOME TIME!
Jun 21, 2017

“Awesome camp!!! Third year for us!” — Andrea Stem.

“Thanks for making this the best Father’s Dad. For a Steeler fan today is like Christmas morning. Ted Skumurski have an awesome Father’s Day. Happy Dad’s Day to all.” — Michele Skumurski.

“I am sure the boys felt so honored to have Ben throwing a pass to them!!! Ben is such a good family man, and Happy Fathers Day Ben!!!” — Judith Moore.

“You’re a great person Ben! God will surely award you someday for what you do for people.” — Donna Hay.

“Thank you so much Ben for all you do for your team, which to me is the best. And all the kids you help all the time. — Susan Cange.

ruth‏ @delwareruthie
Steeler football is no joke!!! #BlackAndYellowAndBlue #PeteIsTough #footballstrong @_BigBen7 @ProCamps

“Me and my family had a great time at your camp. We are die hard Steelers fans. My boys’ dog is a big husky mix named ‘Big Ben’. My granddaughter played with your son. They were born on the same day, same year. Thanks for the camp for my grandson. have a great season.” — Paul Bestor.

“If I had not loved my quarterback already, I would definitely love Big Ben after watching him interact with those children. He is a wonderful guy and my boy will have this awesome memory forever. I hope to bring him every year he is eligible! And as excited as he was, he was a close second to me. This was one of the best days (weekends) of my life! 💛 I LOVE PITTSBURGH!” — Rhonda Lane.

A Browns dad, Steelers kids:

“I took my boys to Ben’s camp again this year they had a blast once again. I would like to thank Ben for giving up part of his Father’s Day to spend it giving back to his fans at his camp. I also would like to say thanks for my shirt he gave me to put on for pictures to cover up my Cleveland Browns shirt, lol.” — Thanks, Jaren Clonch, Cleveland Browns fan.

Talk about Steelers Strong! Meet Alex Ognen:

“My sons and I just attended Ben’s camp on Sunday on the South Side. I was a returning coach, and my older son Grant (15) was my volunteer coach for the day, while Alex (13) participated in the camp for the 4th time in the last 5 years. Alex was flown to Children’s Hospital on Monday and was very sick with Type 1 Diabetes that was discovered late yesterday afternoon after running tests. His blood sugar was elevated to 567. Alex wasn’t feeling well all weekend but didn’t want to miss Ben’s camp Sunday so we made the 3 hour trip to camp, which was a blessing because of his activity at camp the danger signs of this disease reared enough that we knew there was something more wrong with Alex than just ‘not feeling well’ or having a bug. This is a life changing event in his life and being at this hospital makes us realize how blessed we are just to be dealing with diabetes. Alex is now stable and the plan is for Alex to be discharged Thursday afternoon. The education process of this disease has started for all of us. His team photo with Ben is in his room. The football camp was wonderful and well planned, and we appreciate Ben’s commitment to his camp when lots of pro athletes make a cameo appearance and leave.” — Dick Ognen.

Steeler Nation, please keep Alex and his family in your prayers! And Alex, we want to see you back on teh football field enjoying yourself as soon as possible!

Update: “We are home. We left the hospital yesterday afternoon. By 6pm, Alex was participating in his teams baseball game. Went 1-2 in the game, took him out in 3rd for couple innings to check blood sugar. All went well. What a turnaround from Sunday evening, God is good. Very tough, determined young man. We have a long road ahead, and there will be set-backs, but we will take them in stride. Thank you to everyone for the well-wishes & prayers!!” — Dick Ognen.

You can see more photos right here!

*Thank you to everyone who sent photos and messages! Also a BIG thank you to Cheryl Pollock for the great photos and Billie Jo & Greg Yakubik for everything!!

The reviews are in…

June 18th, 2017 by

for the ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Youth Fantasy Experience Camp!

And it looks like we had a 5 STAR event today:​

Chris Jones‏ @cjjonesz
Beautiful day for football. Thanks for sharing your Father’s Day with us @_BigBen7!

Beth Taylor Mack‏ @BethTaylorMack
Enjoying his time with @_BigBen7 @ProCamps! Great #Experience for all of the kids!

David G. Tumbas‏ @dgt_412
Great day @_BigBen7 @ProCamps youth football camp @UPMCSportsMed. Rehydrate! Happy Father’s Day

lisa latwinski‏ @Lisalatwinski
#Experience @_BigBen7 BigBen7 @ProCamps thank you all the coaches and staff! What a great day!

Brandon Haydt‏ @B_Haydt
Big Ben even takes time out to be a medic. Best QB in the league. @_BigBen7 @ProCamps @sunnydelight

David G. Tumbas‏ @dgt_412
Campers are from several states including AR, CO, CT and MD. Here’s a Steelers fan from Arkansas @_BigBen7 @UPMCSportsMed @ProCamps

Sandra Schmuff‏ @gmomschmuff
All the way from Orlando FL. @_BigBen7 @ProCamps #Experience well worth the trip. 2nd year of fun. Go Nathan Schmuff

Brooke Bestor‏ @BrookeBestor
Carley rode 9 hours just to meet Ben Jr!! #experience @_BigBen7 @ProCamps

3‏ @_BigBen7
Time for the @ProCamps #SmokehouseRace! On your mark, get set….GO!! #BenRoethlisberger football #experience

Heather‏ @Travelin_Family
Running drills. @ProCamps @_BigBen7 @sunnydelight He’s having a blast!!

Laura Zinsner‏ @rlzins02
Logan is having a blast at camp @_BigBen7 @ProCamps #Experience

ProCamps @ProCamps‏ @_BigBen7
And now it’s time for the @ProCamps Dads #SmokehouseRace! #BenRoethlisberger football #experience #HappyFathersDay

Jim Budzilek‏ @JimBudzilek
Replying to @_BigBen7 @ProCamps
I am staying out of it this year!!

ProCamps @ProCamps
Thanks to the campers who brought donations for the Kraft Heinz Company Foundation “Fight Hunger with a Pro” at the @_BigBen7 ProCamp

steven glancey‏ @steven_glancey
@_BigBen7 Great day playing football and helping fight hunger with big ben

Jason Camilletti‏ @jasoncamilletti
@_BigBen7, @ProCamps, #Experience Kudos to #7, the Rooneys, and @ProCamps for another great camp!! #’Merica

Teresa Varley‏ @Teresa_Varley
It’s not just about football, it’s about giving back to food bank @_BigBen7 Pro Camp: ‘This is my city. I love this town.’

Now these were just a few of the reviews from Twitter! We’re going to wait for parents & kids to get back home (some traveled far!) and post more photos and thoughts on this year’s camp later in the week!

Thank you to everyone who attended and took the time to share with us!

For our Daddy…

June 16th, 2017 by

On Father’s Day Weekend!

Daddy’s gonna be kind of busy on Father’s Day Sunday at his camp, and we didn’t want him to miss our post, or our favorite photos with him, so we’re sharing it now!




Daddy, thank you for all the cool adventures you take us on, and for the creative ways you show us love.



We love our silly string wars and cannonball contests, your dragon stories, and especially, your homemade french fries!

God couldn’t have picked a better daddy to take care of us, and teach us what love looks like. We love you so much!

And we could never forget to wish our Pops and Pappy a Happy Father’s Day too!! We sure do love you both!! — Benjamin, Baylee & Bodie.

“Watch” out…

June 14th, 2017 by

Time is ticking away –


The ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Youth Fantasy Experience is in FOUR days!!

Have you signed up yet? No?? What are you waiting for?

Don’t miss all the action and all the fun this Sunday, Father’s Day at the Steelers Practice Facility with Big Ben and Company!

Fathers on the field with #7 during the 2016 Father’s Day Camp.

There were plenty of grandfathers on hand too!

Brothers, cousins, classmates, and new friends always have a blast.

And getting the opportunity to catch a pass from Big Ben is always the BEST PART!

Pass #498…

Pass #499…


Do we have that Black & Gold blood pumpin’ now?

Wanna join us? It’s not too late – stop by ProCamps now and sign up!

Parents & Grandparents, just think of all the exciting things your youngster will have to talk about on that long ride home!!

*Don’t forget to share your photos & thoughts with us both during and after camp! You can email us at, tweet ’em to us, or post to Facebook!

Oh Yeah Baby!!!

June 12th, 2017 by


Pens win!! Pens win!! Pens win!!

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Stanley Cup Champions again!

*That’s Benjamin Jr. cheering on his hometown team ‘way back’ in 2013!


June 10th, 2017 by

Big Ben, Brett Keisel AND Heath Miller ALL on the SAME golf course at the SAME time?

Yes, you read that right!! And YOU can join them:

Ben_Heath_BrettThree of your favorite Steelers will be playing the Celebrity Pro-Am on July 11th on the new Shepherd’s Rock Golf Course at the beautiful Nemacolin Woodlands Resort located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s breathtaking Allegheny Mountains.

Joining them will be Professional Golfers, Chris DiMarco, Ben Curtis, Jason Gore and John Daley; Former Penguin Phil Bourque; entertainer Huey Lewis; the 49ers Robbie Gould and more… including two Penguins players to be named later!!

For all the info you need to play alongside them, click here.

*All proceeds will be donated to the winning celebrities’ charities of choice.


June 9th, 2017 by

Big Ben and Ashley were back last night to watch the Penguins win another one, and more than a few fans think the couple are the Pens’ lucky charms!

“Oh wow Ben, you are our lucky charm and Ashley can you two go to Nashville?” — Sandy Kirin.

“Bringing the Pens good luck again!! #LetsgoPens” — Eden Tropp.

Rusty McCall @58Rusty
@_BigBen7 What a great pic of Mrs. Ben.

“Can you two go to Nashville Sunday? Good luck charms!” — Cris Fusco.

“He’s the lucky charm!” — Valerie Ivkovich.

“Pretty sure we’re undefeated when they come to the game. Better be at the next home game (if necessary).” — Luke Riegel.

“The good luck couple right there!!!” — Candice Archer.

Scott Faldon‏ @ScottFaldon
@_BigBen7 Wearing the lucky fishing cap again.

“He seems to bring them good luck. Maybe he should take a trip to Nashville on Sunday.” — Fran Donatelli-Thornton.

“Great couple!” –– Linda Elliott.

“Maybe you and Ashley are the Pens good luck charm! Love the Pens but can’t wait til football. 🏈” — Lori Bordick.

DON‏ @don_tolerance
Put up the extra point for @_BigBen7

Ben wasn’t the only Steeler in attendance last night. Brett Keisel and the Offensive linemen were also in da house!

*Photo courtesy of Matt Sunday for

‘What are the benefits of practice with Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger? The rookies are finding out’

June 7th, 2017 by

“It’s been great for me to be around [Ben], and to be able to capture that, and then take some of that to my game, as well. He’s always working the game in some way. Whether it’s seeing how receivers adjust to different balls, or whether it’s working his footwork and working the pocket…It’s everything I expected, and that’s what has made him so great.” — Josh Dobbs.

From Christopher B. Mueller at the Times Online this evening:

060717As JuJu Smith-Schuster and Josh Dobbs are adjusting to the intricacies that come along with football’s highest level, they’re more fortunate than most rookies at this time of the NFL calendar.

Why? They have Ben Roethlisberger in their ear as an on-field instructor.

Neither Smith-Schuster nor Dobbs had reached their teenage years by the time Roethlisberger took the league by storm with a Super Bowl championship in his second NFL season. Now, both are alongside him during Steelers organized team activities and are beginning to reap the benefits.

Regardless of spring football in shorts or brutally hot summer days in Latrobe, Roethlisberger isn’t one to take time for granted when the Steelers begin preparations for an upcoming season. Smith-Schuster and Dobbs have realized he expects the same out of his rookies.

“There’s never any wasted reps, that’s for sure,” Dobbs told The Times after OTAs on Wednesday.

For Smith-Schuster, it may be timing another receiver’s pick while he breaks out of an out-route to the pylon during red zone work. For Dobbs, it may be establishing proper footwork in the pocket while making an off-balanced throw. If it’s not done in a meticulous manner, they’ll hear about it from Roethlisberger.

“He always interacts with each person, he knows everybody by name and has a relationship with them,” said Dobbs. “Then, when gets on the field, he gets down to the nitty-gritty details of each play.”

Obviously, Smith-Schuster and Dobbs heard a lot about Roethlisberger following the draft as they were set to begin their respective careers in Pittsburgh. Experiencing his demeanor firsthand through three weeks of OTAs, though, has further driven home the point.

“He’s a great teacher,” Smith-Schuster told The Times. “From our side of the ball, he’s a great leader. He teaches a lot, especially to the young guys. Overall, he’s just a great dude to be around. He makes the offense much easier to learn and much easier to play with.

“Since he understands your body and how you move, he helps you along the way. It makes it much easier.”

You can read more here.

Photo: Kevin Lorenzi

“Antonio Brown wants more prime years with ‘warrior’ Ben Roethlisberger”

June 5th, 2017 by

From ESPN‘s Jeremy Fowler today:

010217_250With many considering Ben Roethlisberger a year-to-year quarterback because of his retirement considerations this offseason, his favorite target might just keep him coming back.

Antonio Brown has the chance to become the NFL’s first player with five straight 100-catch seasons, largely because of his chemistry with Roethlisberger. The pair have mastered plays that are often indefensible and will always be available, particularly toward the sideline, such as the out and corner routes.

With both locked into contracts worth nearly $170 million combined, they can prolong each other’s careers if they choose.

That’s why Brown was hoping Roethlisberger would stick around for a while when he signed his $68 million extension in February, saying he “wouldn’t want to play with anyone else.”

“Ben is a warrior,” Brown said. “He’s been through it all. … Never questioned his commitment.”

You can read more here.

Just 3 more Sundays away…

June 2nd, 2017 by

The ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Youth Fantasy Experience is Sunday, June 18th, 2017. Spots are limited, but you can still sign your youngsters up to join us!

Boys & girls, grades 1-8, will be working on their football skills on the same fields that the Steelers players work on theirs! That’s right – this year’s camp will be held at the Steelers practice facility!

This one day camp is similar to a “two-a-day,” running from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM with a lunch break in between sessions.

“My son had the most amazing time at camp….Ben was amazing to all of the campers, and was present on the field the whole time, playing, encouraging, and inspiring these young kids! Thanks Ben!” — Tina Marie Cicero.


Your future NFL star will:

• Participate in the Big Ben Skills Combine
• Catch a pass from Ben
• Receive a souvenir autograph from Ben (item provided)
• Pose for a camp team photo with Ben
• Receive Limited-edition Nike gear package
• Attend the Steelers Training Table Luncheon

“Let me just say that Ben’s camp was an absolute delight!! It’s a very well run and organized camp with never a dull moment. Ben is great with the kids! Once again he threw the football to every camper so they could have chance to ‘catch a pass from Big Ben’! Both of my grandson’s caught their passes! YEAH!! Thanks so much to Ben for a wonderful experience for my grandsons!!” — Anita Doddroe.

Proceeds benefit The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation!

You can find out more about the camp, or sign your youngster up right here, but hurry!!


WHAT: Nothing at this time


WHAT: The ProCamps Ben Roethlisberger Youth Fantasy Experience
WHEN: June 18, 2017
WHERE: Steelers Practice Facility, Pittsburgh, PA.
REGISTRATION: Sign up here.


WHAT: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Celebrity Pro-Am
WHEN: July 11, 2017
WHERE: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – Shepard’s Rock Course






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