Chicago Bears Youth Football

Youth Football Programs

Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps v
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 this summer.  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

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CPD Inner City Flag v
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 Roberto at (312) 745-1966.
CPD Junior Bear Tackle v
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 Roberto at (312) 745-1966.
Coach of the Week v
The Chicago Bears "Coach of the Week" program began its 21st season on August 29. 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 are nominated by a panel of local prep authorities and a winning "Coach of the Week" is 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 a Bears 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.
Equipment Donation Program v
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.
High School All Stars v
Each week for nine weeks, outstanding Illinois high school football players are recognized through the High School All-Stars program for their on-field performances, community involvement and good sportsmanship. The High School All-Stars program will run throughout the high school football regular season. Deserving high school players are nominated by a panel of local prep authorities, and a deserving player is selected each week.
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
NFL Grassroots Program v
The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program is a partnership of the National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) 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.

The National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of sports, youth football and the communities in which we live. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game.
Acero Co-Ed Flag Football League v
The Acero Co-ed Flag Football League has approximately 280 students (5th-8th grades) across the Acero network of thirteen (13) elementary schools. Since 2010 and with the generous support from Bears Care, the initiative known as the Bears Play 60 Co-Ed Flag Football, gives Acero students an introduction to the fundamentals of football while building essential skills like tenacity and discipline thereby setting student athletes on the path to participate in Acero league play in the future. The program is supported by the Chicago Bears and Bears Care and is free to all participants.
Play Football Month v
The Chicago Bears and NFL will celebrate "Play Football Month" at Soldier Field during a Bears game. The Bears provided several hundred complimentary tickets to different youth football leagues throughout Chicagoland. Youth football players from the Chicago Park District's Junior Bear Tackle Football league, the Chicago Park District Flag Football league and The Chicagoland Youth Football League will join Bears players on the sidelines for the National Anthem and scrimmage during halftime.
IHSA State Champions v
The Chicago Bears recognize the Illinois state football champions from Class 1A through Class 8A each year. In 2017, the following state champions were honored during a halftime ceremony at the Bears vs. 49ers game on December 3: Lena-Winslow High School (Class 1A), Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School (Class 2A), IC Catholic Prep (Class 3A), Rochester High School (Class 4A), Wendell Phillips Academy High School (Class 5A), Prairie Ridge High School (Class 6A), Batavia High School (Class 7A), Lincoln-Way East High School (Class 8A).
Athletic Trainer Initiative v
The Chicago Bears make a donation to Chicago Public Schools every year to cover the cost of athletic trainers on the sidelines for every varsity football game during the regular season and state playoffs. The Bears also use a matching grant from the NFL Foundation to assist with the costs of athletic trainers in lower income suburban high schools.

Youth Football Events

Bears Flag Football v
On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Chicago Bears hosted four high school flag football teams at the Walter Payton Center for a day of competition. Lake Forest, Oak Park and River Forest, Home Run Kids and St. Rita competed in three exhibition rounds before advancing to a single elimination tournament. Lake Forest High School was crowned 2017 Bears Flag Football Championships and received tickets to a Bears home game.
Parents Football Safety Clinic v
The Chicago Bears hosted a Parents Football Safety Clinic at Halas Hall on July 8, 2017. The clinic provided a unique opportunity for parents of Chicago-area youth football players to learn first-hand from representatives of the Chicago Bears and USA Football on the strides that have been made to make our game safer and the benefits of playing football. It provided hands-on answers to parents and allowed them to engage with other parents on issues of mutual interest regarding youth sports safety.
Special Olympics Flag Football Tournament v
Each spring, the Chicago Bears team up with Special Olympics Illinois to host a day of flag football competition at the Walter Payton Center. In 2017, over 150 athletes and 50 coaches represented 15 teams that competed in a one-day flag football tournament. The teams were joined by visits from Staley, current Bears players Sherrick McManis and Charles Leno, Jr., and former Bears Tom Thayer, Rashied Davis, and Garrett Wolfe.
NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards v
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.
High School 7-on-7 Tournament v
The Chicago Bears hosted eight high schools from Chicago Public Schools at the Walter Payton Center on June 10, 2017 that competed in a 7-on-7 tournament. The top three schools each received a grant from the Bears to help support their high school’s football program. Al Raby High School was the overall winner, with Wendell Phillips Academy finishing in 2nd place, and Simeon Career Academy in third.
USA Football Player Safety Coach Clinicv
On July 15, 2017, the Chicago Bears hosted Player Safety Coaches from youth leagues across Illinois at the PNC Center and Walter Payton Center at Halas Hall. The coaches received instruction from USA Football Master Trainers on how to instill the lessons of concussion recognition and response, heat preparedness and hydration, sudden cardiac arrest, proper equipment fitting, Heads Up Tackling, and Heads Up Blocking.