Former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch hosted his 7th Annual In the Pocket on Monday night at Latitude 40 in Robinson Township.
The event, which benefits the Best of the Batch Foundation, brought some of his former teammates together to get competitive in games like pool, ping pong and new this year, bowling.
“It means a lot to have them come out to this,” said Batch. “It’s something that you talk about family when you are inside there, now that I am on the outside people still know what I am doing and what we have built over the years. To get that support is great and humbling, starting from Art Rooney to Kevin Colbert to the players it means so much that they believe in what we do.”
The event benefits the Foundation’s Reading and Computer Literacy Program, a program that serves over 2,000 kids in the Steel Valley each year.
“It’s a huge part of our foundation. Without the fundraiser we can’t have our computer lab,” said Latasha Wilson-Batch, the foundation’s executive director. “The money that comes in to us means we can give kids other resources to help improve reading and test scores. We have seen the kids study habits change by doing this, having the computer lab. We see differences in study habits, test scores and everything. Without this event, we wouldn’t be able to do such things for the children in the community.”
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