Month: May 2013

Steeler Ziggy Hood Strikes 4 Kids

Ziggy Hood to host charity bowling tournament 

Strikes 4 Kids Aims to Raise Funds for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Ziggy Hood has been working hard to establish himself as a premier defensive player in the National Football League. On Saturday, June 8 Hood will turn his attention to the lanes as he will host the 1st Annual Strikes 4 Kids Pittsburgh charity bowling tournament benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The event will take place at the Mt. Lebanon bowling center (1601 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA) beginning at 3 pm to 5:30 pm.

The net proceeds generated by this star-studded event will be used to provide support and assistance to families of children who do not have the means to provide the necessary treatment for their children impacted by illness/cancer.

Admission is $75 per person or $350 for a team of 5 bowlers. Admission includes 3 games of bowling, pizza, unlimited soft drinks, goody bags, t-shirt, shoe rental and bowling prizes for top scores. Spectator fee is $30 per person. Event tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available through the Web site, or by contacting Joe Allen (559) 241-4412. 

Joe Allen the Founder/CEO of Strikes 4 Kids created the non-profit organization to partner professional athletes with benefiting children’s organizations around the United States. “The main things we try to share at our events are fun, being comfortable and accessibility to the athletes that these fans root for every Sunday,” Allen said in a press release about the event.

This is the first Strikes 4 Kids Charity weekend held in Pittsburgh. “Strikes 4 Kids is now expanding to a national level with NFL players from all 32 teams. We used to hold events just on the West Coast, but with the popularity of these events. We have decided to take them nation-wide,” Allen said. The organization has hosted bowling events, comedy shows, charity dinners and other fun fundraisers throughout Northern California and Nevada.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the steps and progress we’ve taken in the communities over the past year,” Allen said. “Each event is a learning experience for me. I continue to be amazed by the attendees who open up and share their story, their time and their hope for the causes we’ve decided to pull for.”