PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2018 MVP JuJu Smith-Schuster is known for his moves on the field, but on Friday, he took his talents to Squirrel Hill.
The wide receiver hosted the “JuJu Foundation’s Senior Day Of Caring” at Forward Shady Senior Care.
“I don’t really have grandparents around, so when I come around here, it’s awesome to have that feeling of caring, loving, family feeling,” Smith-Schuster said.
The day consisted of Smith-Schuster partnering with the 8th grade promotion class of Sunnyside Academy to give the seniors activity and exercise room a fresh coat of paint and participate in a line dancing activity.
Residents of Forward Shady were thrilled to see the Steelers star.
“Today’s event is unbelievable,” said Paula Cirota, a resident of Forward Shady. “Everybody is having a good time and we’re enjoying it.”
The JuJu Foundation also hosted a UPMC Mobile Screening on-site for all seniors as well as the Smith-Schuster and the students serving lunch for the seniors.
Shaulamit Bastacky says she praises the work JuJu and his foundation do for others.
“It’s wonderful to see a young, starting athlete football player who is giving to the community because this is what I emphasize as a Holocaust survivor to give of yourself,” Bastacky said.
The JuJu Foundation was founded in 2019 by the Steelers wide receiver with the goal of supporting youth initiatives and lifting the spirits of those in need.
“I’ve always wanted to give back,” Smith-Schuster said. “I mean, at 22-years-old, there’s not a lot of kids or guys at my age, with the JuJu Foundation, and for me to have the opportunity to do this is pretty amazing and it’s in Pittsburgh.”