Black & Gold Girls Group Growing

JEANNETTE (KDKA) – A lot of women are loyal Pittsburgh Steelers fans and there’s even a worldwide group, based in Jeannette, that’s dedicated to all things black and gold.

Most customers at the Fun Party Store on Route 30 seem interested in a single theme.

The aisles rock to a black and gold beat with every shelf and every bin packed with Steelers stuff.

Bob LaVella helps his father stock the shelves of a store that opened 40 years ago. Does the current inventory cater to men? That’s so last millennium. A couple years ago, LaVella and his wife, Cindy, came to a realization.

It occurred to them that 50 percent of the Steelers fan base is made up of females. Thus, the Black N Gold Girls were formed.

“The Black N Gold Girls Facebook page currently has 23,500 girls,” Lavella said.

So far, has members in all 50 states, and 27 countries.

Cassandra Buncie is a co-founder of the Black N Gold Girls. So is Natalie Shugars, but the group is not just about the Steelers.

“We gather members of our community and do community service projects once a month. And we do girls’ nights out, which is also a chance for girls to get together and network,” Buncie said.

But it still comes back to the Steelers.

“We are passionate about our sports. We’re not afraid to go toe-to-toe with guys when it comes to statistics,” Shugars said. “We are women. Hear us roar.”

Click here to visit the group’s Facebook page!

You can watch the AFC Championship Game on KDKA-TV at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Eddie Yount

    Why dont the Steelers have cheerleaders… just asking.. they win without them ya but seriously

  • Jackie R

    Because no woman in Pittsburgh would turn her back on a Steelers Game :)

  • Kelsi Waltemire

    Great Answer Jackie!! You tell them :)

  • Carole Armstrong Fraser

    Exactly, Jackie!

  • Sara Weiland

    Actually the Steelers did have cheerleaders back in the early days. They were girls from a local college, but Mr. Rooney said they were distracting to the players and the fans. And like the other girls here said nowhere in Steeler Nation will you find 12 girls who will turn their backs on the game.

  • Maggie

    Steeler Football is all about Football! There is no need for additional ‘entertainment’ …

  • Dave Crawley

    The Steelers had cheerleaders from 1961-1969. They were known as the “Steelerettes.”

  • Jax

    I am a proud member of the BnGG! We are Fans with the love of the game in our hearts! We feel it in our veins everytime that whistle blows. We can talk stats better than most.

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