Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps, the official youth camps of the Chicago Bears, provide age appropriate skill lessons through station- based training for kids between the ages of 6 and 14. These week-long camps feature safe, non-contact football instruction and athletic development, as well as instruction about good nutrition, proper hydration, and rest and recovery. Camps are led by professional educators with high school, college or professional coaching experience.
Bears Heroes, men who earned their living wearing the Chicago Bears uniform, provide supporting instruction at all Camp locations. Bears Heroes are fathers and family men who understand the dynamics of communicating with young people.Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps will take place in numerous locations throughout the greater Chicagoland area during the summer of 2012. AthletiCo is the exclusive provider of training services for all Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps. Please call (312) 226-7776 for more information, or visit www.BearsCamps.com.
The Bears After School Flag Football program is run through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. The league consists of two divisions, 9-11 and 12-14 year-olds with a total of over 260 participants. The league consists of an 8 week regular season and one week of playoffs. The Chicago Bears contribute financially to help the league with transportation costs, jerseys, equipment, and other fees.
The Bears annually host a 34-team flag football league for high schools in the Chicago area that offer flag football as an intramural sport. There are Chicago Catholic, Chicago Public, Suburban Catholic, and Suburban Public schools that participate.
Teams compete in league play for seven weeks prior to a tournament to determine the season’s champion.
Each week for nine weeks, an outstanding high school football player was selected through the "Bears High School All-Stars" program. Each of the nine players had the opportunity to direct a $1,000 monetary donation to the youth football program of his choice. In addition, the nine players will be guests of the Bears and the Illinois Army National Guard at the Bears vs. Packers game on Sunday, December 29 and will be recognized during an on-field ceremony. The nomination criteria for the program included on-field performance, community involvement and good sportsmanship.
The "Bears High School All-Stars" program, which is sponsored by the Illinois Army National Guard, ran from September 2 through October 28. Deserving high school players were nominated by a panel of local prep authorities, and the winning player was selected each week.
Congratulations to the 2013 "Bears High School All-Star" winners!
The Bears Inner City Flag Football program is designed for boys and girls, ages 9 to 12, who live in Chicago Housing Authority developments or scattered site housing. The league is administered by the Park District in partnership with the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Housing Authority and sponsored by the Chicago Bears and the National Football League. Teams are coached by community volunteers recruited with assistance from the Chicago Police Department (CAPS). Park staffers assist the volunteer coaches and accompany teams to and from games as well as conduct practices and make space available at the park. The program is free to all participants.
The Bears contribute financially and host the players at a Bears game or training camp. The league consists of 16 teams and 240 participants and concludes with a championship game, which has been played in the Walter Payton Center at the Bears practice facility in Lake Forest. If you are interested in signing your child up for Inner City Flag, please call Pat at (312) 742- 4986.
The Junior Bear tackle football program is a free, tackle football league serving over 700 boys and girls, ages 8-13, at 17 different parks throughout the city. Participants compete in either the 8-10 year old “PeeWee” Divison or the 11-13 year old “Varsity” Division against kids their own weight and age. Junior Bear teams are coached by park district staff as well as volunteers. Click here to view a Junior Bear tackle football video feature.
This program introduces young people to the game of tackle football and prepares them to play on a high school level. The annual Mum Bowl, the championship game for the Junior Bear program, is played at Soldier Field in November, giving the participants a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play little league football in a big league arena!If you are interested in signing your child up for Junior Bear Tackle, please call Pat at (312) 742-4986.
The Chicago Bears "Coach of the Week" program concluded its 18th season on October 28. The program honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players’ football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline and teamwork abilities. Deserving high school coaches were nominated by a panel of local prep authorities and the winning "Coach of the Week" was selected each week. The Chicago Bears will make a $1,500 contribution to the football program at each winning coach's school. Each winning coach will also be invited to the Bears vs. Packers game on Sunday, December 29 and will be recognized during an on-field ceremony. The Chicago Bears "Coach of the Week" program is brought to you by Fox 32 Chicago and the Illinois Army National Guard.
Congratulations to the 2013 Bears "Coach of the Week" honorees:
The Chicago Bears and Good Sports would like to help youth football programs who need help providing football equipment to their kids. It is our goal to serve and increase youth football participation in the Chicagoland area.
Good Sports is a non-profit whose mission is to increase youth participation in sports, recreation and fitness activities. Good Sports provides sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to youth organizations offering sports, fitness and recreational programs to youth in need.
Please read the Good Sports Application (PDF) for more information on the selection criteria and process.
The Chicago Bears are proud to support Heads Up Football, which is a comprehensive approach to a better and safer game. Heads Up Football encompasses USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course; Heads Up Tackling techniques; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols; and instruction on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting. USA Football leads the game’s development, inspires participation and ensures a better and safer experience for all youth, high school and other amateur football players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football, endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. To learn more, please visit http://www.usafootball.com/headsup.
The Bears annually host the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards at Halas Hall. Three high school seniors receive college scholarships and trophies for their excellence on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. The scholarships are provided through a partnership between Bears Care and the National Football Foundation. Additionally, the Chicago Bears Community Champion Award is presented to three high school football players in recognition of their tremendous civic involvement.
The NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Program is a partnership of the National Football League Youth Football Fund (NFL YFF) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to provide non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations, middle schools and high schools with financing and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields.
Parks and playing fields can serve as tremendous community assets because they offer opportunities for recreation, education, and relaxation that contribute to the local quality of life, especially for young people. In five years of programming, the Fields Program has awarded $12.5 million in grants for 116 projects with total development costs of $53 million in over 40 cities across the country. Grants are announced and awarded annually in the fall.
NFL FLAG is the National Football League's premier youth football program for kids 6-14 years old. Available nationwide, including all 32 NFL markets, NFL FLAG is a community-based turnkey program that provides all youth the opportunity to play in an organized NFL non-contact football league. Every team receives official NFL team-identified footballs and every participant receives their favorite NFL team-identified reversible jersey and official NFL FLAG belts. For more information, please visit www.NFLyouthfootball.com.
The NFL High School Player Development program addresses challenges facing high school football programs across the country focusing primarily on underserved communities. HSPD serves as a free resource for both high school players and coaches. The program emphasizes safety and concussion awareness, character development and life skills, and football fundamentals. The Chicago area high schools participating in the program include Dunbar, Harlan, Lane Tech, Niles West and Robeson.
This grass roots skills competition for boys and girls ages 8-15 is offered at Chicago schools, through the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, several Chicagoland park districts, and school physical education classes. Children compete against their peers in punting, passing, and place kicking. The top five first-place scorers in each age group from the pool of Sectional Competition champions advance to the Team Championship, which is held at the Bears practice facility in November.
Please visit NFLYouthFootball.com for more information.
The United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) administers a co-ed flag football league in eight elementary schools in Chicago’s Hispanic neighborhoods. Approximately 150 student-athletes in 5th to 8th grades participate in the league on an annual basis. The program is supported by the Chicago Bears and Bears Care and is free to all participants.
The Chicago Bears host the USA Football Coaching School at Halas Hall each summer. Attendees receive instruction from top high school & youth clinicians, training specific to the age of the players, classroom sessions and on-field sessions. The clinic is designed exclusively for youth football coaches. Coaches learn effective ways to develop and organize their team, teach the proper fundamentals, implement drills and communicate with players, parents and other coaches.
USA Football's State Leadership Forum is hosted at Halas Hall each spring. Youth football league commissioners, presidents and board members from across Chicago and the greater metropolitan area gather to make their leagues even stronger through resources and support offered by the Bears and USA Football. USA Football is the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels and is the NFL's official youth football development partner.
The Bears vs. Browns game on Thursday, September 1 helped celebrate “USA Football Month” at Soldier Field. The Chicago Bears provided several hundred complimentary tickets to different youth football leagues throughout Chicagoland. Youth football players from the Junior Bear Tackle Football league joined Bears players on the sidelines for the National Anthem and scrimmage during halftime.
USA Football Month is one component of the Chicago Bears support of youth football, which was created by USA Football, the National Football League, and the NFL Players Association. "USA Football Month" was started as a grassroots campaign to promote the sport of football at all levels – from youth leagues to the NFL – and includes clinics, skills competitions, scrimmages, picnics and parades for football fans in communities throughout the country.