Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that he will be leveraging his play-off bet with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in order to help Pittsburgh's young people. The Tebow jersey worn by the Mayor yesterday while he "tebowed" at Roberto Clemente Memorial Park, has been signed by the Mayor and will be auctioned at 3 p.m. today on eBay. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program, of which the Mayor is a co-founder. The auction will last seven days and the post's username is "cityofpgh".
"By fulfilling our end of the bet, we've given Bronco fans enough to gloat about - it's time to put the spotlight back on Pittsburgh," Ravenstahl said. "We're not just the City of Champions, we're America's 'Most Livable' city because of the opportunities we offer young people and families, namely The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship."
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl co-founded the scholarship program that provides up to $40,000 dollars for public high school graduates to pursue higher education. Since its inception in 2007 with the support of the region's largest employer, UPMC, nearly 3,000 young people have pursued higher education thanks to The Promise. The first 4-year Promise grads made their debut this year, many of them telling stories that they wouldn't have pursued their dreams weren't it for the Promise fund.
"The Promise invigorates the entire community, improves the quality of life in the region, and creates a highly-qualified workforce that will meet the needs of local employers, both now and into the future," Ravenstahl said. "Most importantly, the Promise changes the course of young peoples' lives by giving them the hope that a better future is in their reach as the entire Pittsburgh community rallies behind their educational pursuits."
"After Pittsburgh's six Super Bowl rings and recent Stanley Cup and 'Most Livable' city titles, sharing the spotlight with Denver for a little while was the right thing to do," Ravenstahl said. "I hope that Denver fans give a little love back to Pittsburgh by supporting this charity."
“The mayor has been a great champion for the cause of The Pittsburgh Promise since the very beginning," said Saleem Ghubril, The Pittsburgh Promise executive director. " To have to endure the agony of “Tebowing” on Pittsburgh’s storied shores is evidence that he will take one for the team. The autographed jersey should fetch a premium from the auction which will make higher education a reality for even more of our city’s kids. Thank you Mayor Ravenstahl.”
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687