Bears Care


  • Overview
  • Donate
  • Events
  • Initiatives
  • Partner Spotlight
  • Save the Date

  • The Chicago Bears have a longstanding tradition of supporting numerous charities and assisting those in need. Bears Care was incorporated in 2005 as a 501 © 3 organization committed to improving the quality of life for people in the Chicagoland community, especially disadvantaged children and their families, through targeted programs supporting education, youth athletics and medical research and health awareness programs focusing on breast and ovarian cancer. Since that time, Bears Care has issued grants totaling over $15.7 million to over 100 qualifying agencies.



    Real Bears Fans Wear Pink

    Back for the tenth year, the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" t-shirt campaign continues to help raise funds to support programs serving Chicago area breast cancer patients and their families.

    All proceeds from the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" campaign benefit Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears. Advocate Health Care, the Official Health Care Provider of the Chicago Bears, will partner with Bears Care this year to help promote this important initiative. Over the last nine years, nearly $1 Million has been raised to help fight breast cancer.

    We know many organizations look for opportunities to support breast cancer awareness in the month of October, and we are looking for community partners to join our efforts. If you, your school or organization are interested in teaming up with Bears Care to help fundraise by selling our "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" t-shirts, please contact Bears.Care@bears.nfl.net. The top fundraiser will receive a visit from a Chicago Bears player.

    The 2017 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink shirts are now available for purchase www.chicagobears.com/pink.


  • Donate

    If you would like to donate to Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears, please click here.


  • Bears Care Gala

    The 2017 Bears Care Gala, held in May, generated nearly $600,000 in net proceeds which was awarded to five area Chicago institutions for support of breast and ovarian cancer research and treatment programs. Guests enjoyed an elegant evening of fine food and entertainment, while rubbing elbows with coaches and staff along with over 30 current and distinguished alumni Bears players who came out to support the cause. Click here for details on where Gala proceeds are at work.



    Gameday Grrreetings

    Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears, would like to offer fans the unique opportunity to send special greetings to a friend or loved one on the LED ribbon panels at Bears home games this season. Click here to find out more information about Gameday Grrreetings.



  • Bears Share

    The Bears Share ticket donation program has been in effect since 1993, benefiting numerous local charities. Tickets can now be donated online through STH Central. Simply log in to your personal account and select "Manage My Tickets." Select the ticket(s) you wish to donate and select "Donate To Charity." The tickets will automatically be forwarded to Bears Care, the team's charitable arm, at BearsCare.Share@bears.nfl.net for distribution to area not-for-profit organizations. The original ticket(s) become invalid. Donations must occur four (4) business days prior to the game to allow for distribution. Donors will receive an email acknowledgement which should be retained for tax purposes.

    Tickets can also be mailed to the following address:

    Bears Care
    1920 Football Drive
    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    Tickets must arrive via mail to the Bears Care office at least four days prior to the game. Please include your name, mailing address and email address with the tickets.



    Real Bears Fans Wear Pink

    Back for the tenth year, the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" t-shirt campaign continues to help raise funds to support programs serving Chicago area breast cancer patients and their families.

    All proceeds from the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" campaign benefit Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears. Advocate Health Care, the Official Health Care Provider of the Chicago Bears, will partner with Bears Care this year to help promote this important initiative. Over the last nine years, nearly $1 Million has been raised to help fight breast cancer.

    We know many organizations look for opportunities to support breast cancer awareness in the month of October, and we are looking for community partners to join our efforts. If you, your school or organization are interested in teaming up with Bears Care to help fundraise by selling our "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" t-shirts, please contact Bears.Care@bears.nfl.net. The top fundraiser will receive a visit from a Chicago Bears player.

    The 2017 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink shirts are now available for purchase www.chicagobears.com/pink.

    Back to School Fair

    Bears Care would like to thank all those who helped make the 2017 Back to School Fair held on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University a great success. Approximately 2,500 guests attended and nearly 1,100 children took advantage of this opportunity to access services and supplies needed to get ready for the 2016-17 school year. Critical health services were provided by Team Smile, Riverside Medical, Ear Q and Bolingbrook Lions Club. Supporting partners included PNC, Bernie's Book Bank, Bob's Discount Furniture, Testa Produce, Dunkin Donuts, Beggars Pizza, and Dr. Pepper, along with 28 local supporting organizations. Before departing, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a meal, along with a visit from Staley the Bear.


  • Partner Spotlight

    Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, succeed in school and in life. Founded in 1924, Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs and capacity-building initiatives, directly serving approximately 8,000 youth in 80 schools this year. Youth Guidance focuses services on Chicago's most disadvantaged areas—primarily the south and west sides of the city—where the challenges of community violence, unemployment and academic failure for youth are paramount.

    Youth Guidance and researchers from the University of Chicago Crime Lab recently released new findings from a randomized controlled trial evaluating the impact of Youth Guidance's Becoming a Man (BAM) program during the 2013-15 academic years. The researchers found that BAM reduced violent crime arrests by 50 percent, reduced total arrests by 35 percent, and improved school engagement for male Chicago Public Schools students. BAM is a school-based group counseling program that helps young men learn and utilize social cognitive skills, such as slowing down their thinking, considering the perspective of others and identifying and evaluating consequences before acting.

    In addition to receiving funding from Bears Care, the team's Bears School Outreach program actively supports Youth Guidance's B.A.M. initiative. During the 2015 season, over 20 players visited 25 participating high schools, sharing their experiences and inspiration with the B.A.M. students. The Bears organization is proud to partner with Youth Guidance as they continue to make a positive and meaningful impact on at-risk students in our community.

    For additional information visit www.youth-guidance.org.


  • Save the Date

    Mark your calendars! The 2017 Bears Care Gala presented by PNC will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in the United Club at Soldier Field. Click here to learn more about this year's event