WASHINGTON, PA (March 12, 2012)—Washington & Jefferson College lost a close contest in last week’s charity basketball against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it was the money raised for the Washington County Special Olympics as a result that counts.
More than 300 tickets were sold, up nearly 50 tickets from last year’s game.
A group of staff, faculty and students made up the W&J team.
“We thank the Pittsburgh Steelers for participating and giving W&J the opportunity to not only provide the local community with the opportunity to see some of their favorite players in action, but to raise money for a very special cause,” Associate Dean of Student Life Steve Anderson said.
After the game, the Steelers players took the time to sign autographs for and take photos with students and community members.
Linebacker James Harrison; quarterback Charlie Batch, from Homestead, Pa.; safety Ryan Mundy, a graduate from Pittsburgh’s Woodland Hills High School who played a year at West Virginia; offensive lineman Ramon Foster; tight end Weslye Saunders; and linebacker Mortty Ivy, who also played at West Virginia, participated for the Steelers.
“W&J is proud to be a part of Washington and we will continue to take advantage of opportunities to make an impact in our community,” W&J spokesperson Robert Reid said. “We welcome this chance to give the proceeds from the game to the Special Olympics.”