There is no doubt about it, we love to cheer for our sports teams in Pittsburgh and Morgantown, and in this issue of Feel Good Friday news, we are giving you some extra reasons to cheer. Take a glimpse at how your favorite players, teams and community supporters are coming together to help

RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown, making the families who

stay there the true winners.

Sacks for Kids

The law firm of Bordas & Bordas just kicked off its ninth season of the Sacks for Kids program, donating $500 for every sack the Steelers make during the season. In 2015, Jamie Bordas, managing partner of the law firm, began the program with the Pittsburgh Steelers to help families staying at the Ronald McDonald House have the comforts of home when they can’t be. Since its inception, over $250,000 has been donated. Furthermore, at each home game, there is an RMHC family chosen as the designated ‘Family of the Week’ in attendance who is featured on the videoboard at the stadium.

To recognize his dedication and commitment to supporting RMHC families, Jamie was presented with the Charity’s Giving Hearts Award in 2022, an award given annually to those who have shown significant service, advocacy and/or philanthropic support to the Charity.

Check Out How the Kick Off Went

Two Teams, One Cause

It doesn’t matter if you are a WVU fan or a Pitt fan, the big game on September 16th puts us all on the same team. For the second year, Pitt and WVU student-athletes are collaborating to bring awareness and raise funds for RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown families during the Backyard Brawl.

In the weeks leading up to the big game, Pitt and WVU players, provided days of service at each of the Houses, visiting families and serving meals. Additionally, Alliance 412, Country Roads Trust, and the student-athletes affiliated with each collaborative are competing to raise funds for the Charity. Donations will be solicited until the end of the big game on September 16th. The collective able to raise the most will receive a trophy and have bragging rights for the next year. Last year’s win went to Pitt fans. The campaign brought in nearly $5,000.

Several local Primanti Brothers locations are supporting the Blue & Gold Showdown by hosting Dine to Donate events, too. 

We will be sharing updates on the Blue & Gold Showdown on social media. 

Malkin's Initiative

He’s not only an amazing hockey player but also a generous supporter of RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown. Malkin’s “I’m Score for Kids” initiative, benefitting RMHC families, earned him the nomination for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community. To support his nomination, Malkin fans had the opportunity to win a VIP experience—including a meet and greet with Malkinand meet the athlete through a special giveaway coordinated by Alltroo. This contest generated more than $15,000 for families at the Charity.

Malkin has been an amazing supporter of the Charity since the pandemic when he generously donated to fill pantries and provide meals for the families. In addition, his “I’m Score for Kids,” initiative raised $117,860 last season which included Malkin giving $710 for every point he scored and a match from local McDonald’s restaurants. He also offered families the unique experience of watching the games in his box throughout the season.

Homerun News

Our friends at Pirates Charities always hit it out of the ballpark when it comes to supporting RMHC events. Their sponsorship and contributions to the auction both have a positive impact on the Charity’s mission.

Throughout the baseball season, the Pirates Charities also provided tickets to games, giving families a memorable experience at PNC Park.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown
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