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Steelers Ryan Switzer, B.J. Finney star as special guests at prom for patients

Kevin Gorman
Pittsburgh Steelers via Twitter
Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Switzer visits with kids Friday night at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s prom for patients.

Ryan Switzer and B.J. Finney might be role players for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the special guests were superstars Friday night at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s prom for patients.

Switzer, a slot receiver and return specialist for the Steelers, has been visiting children at the hospital every Friday when he as told about the prom. Patients wear a prom dress or tuxedo shirt, donated by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Project Prom Initiative and National Council for Jewish Women.

“It was a no-brainer,” Switzer told “I asked my wife to go. It’s a unique opportunity to meet new people. To open up and allow people to see me in a new setting. Also to interact with patients, those who don’t get the opportunity to go to prom and enjoy the experience. It’s a lot of fun.”

Not only did Switzer dance with patients at the prom, he also got in on the fun by having his face painted.

Joining Switzer was Finney, a backup offensive guard-center who has started nine games in three seasons since making the team as an undrafted free agent. Where Switzer wore a suit, Finney donned a black embroidered jacket with a Bolo tie and a Cowboy hat.

“The ultimate goal is to just have fun,” Switzer said. “It’s why I do it. It’s why I go back every Friday. Every kid is different. Some are shy. What I have gotten good at it opening that child up. I don’t do a lot of talking. I do a lot of listening. I just like to get different perspectives on life. They are going through things I can’t even fathom. To hear their journey is inspiring. It’s good for them too to open up.

“There have been some kids that I have met fortunately in unfortunate situations. We have built relationships. Every kid you meet is special.”

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Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Kevin by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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