Pregame Blog: Steelers vs. Patriots


Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: The Steelers will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring someone who makes a difference in the community.

The Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award will be presented to Betty Cruz, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Cruz has 20 years of experience in community outreach, partnership building and program management. She developed city-wide initiatives in Pittsburgh and managed major accounts for a national non-profit organization dedicated to building playgrounds across the United States.

The Steelers will present Cruz with a check for $1,500 for the charity of his choice.

The community organization of the game will be Casa San Jose.

The organization, started by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, opened in 2013 as a resource for Latino immigrants. They serve as a support base for Pittsburgh’s Latino community, providing a wide range of services including education, social services, and health counseling to help them thrive in the community.

Casa San Jose is an independent 501c3 that served 2,618 customers, including 1,833 children, in 2021-22. Casa San Jose has grown significantly since the pandemic began in March 2020. They have vaccinated over 1,000 adults and children against the COVID-19 virus. Their work is done primarily in Allegheny County, but also in Butler, Beaver, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.

Additionally, running back Najee Harris will wear custom cleats to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

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