Steelers Basketball Visits Lincoln

March 3, 2008

Steeler tightend Matt Spaeth is used to leaving his feet to haul in touchdown passes for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, having caught three touchdown passes in 2007, but Friday night the 6'7" 270 pound Spaeth left his feet for another sports related crowd pleaser -- a thunderous dunk. Spaeth was one of seven Pittsburgh Steelers who visited Lincoln High School for a charity basketball game against Lincoln High School's Caring Team.

Spaeth was joined by linebacker James Harrison, defensive linemen Chris Hoke and Brett Keisel (who also brought the house down with a thunderous dunk), tight end John Dekker, safety Mike Lorello, and formed wide receiver Louis Lipps.

At halftime of the charity game, Lipps appeared at center court, clad in his black and gold basketball uniform, and began a memorable chant for the late Myron Cope. The nearly packed gymnasium followed his lead and the gold terrible towels began waving -- just like at a Steelers home game.

In addition to a handful of Steelers dunks (and missed dunks), Lincoln High School ceramics teacher Raquel Wratney got the toss one down for the Caring Team. Wratney needed the assistance of Pro Bowler James Harrison, who hoisted Wratney high over his shoulders for the jam to the delight of the crowd.

The charity game was preceded by a game between the Lincoln High School Girls Basketball team and member of the Lincoln High School football team. The event raised funds that will benefit programs to provide health care for working families who can't afford health insurance, and grief counseling for children and teens.

The Steelers will visit Riverside High School Wednesday Night for charity basketball action against the Panthers.