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Bears rookies support Save Da Planet initiative

Posted Jun 8, 2012

The Bears' 2012 rookie class, led by top draft picks Shea McClellin, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Hardin, along with chairman George McCaskey, joined volunteers in planting dozens of new trees and shrubs Friday at LaFollette Park in Chicago.

The Bears' 2012 rookie class, led by top draft picks Shea McClellin, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Hardin, along with chairman George McCaskey, joined volunteers in planting dozens of new trees and shrubs Friday at LaFollette Park in Chicago.


Bears first-round draft pick Shea McClellin (left) helps plant a tree Friday at LaFollette Park.

The event supported the Bears’ “Save Da Planet” initiative and was made possible through a partnership between the Bears, Constellation Energy, Chicago Gateway Green and Friends of the Parks, who share the goal of raising sustainability awareness and fostering conservation understanding in Chicago.

The Bears and Constellation Energy invited fans to support “Save Da Planet” by purchasing trees for the Chicago Bears/Chicago Gateway Green tree partnership. Founding donors were recognized on-field during a game last season and are invited to participate in the tree planting.

Sole man: McClellin has partnered with Allstate Life Insurance and the non-profit organization Give Your Sole to collect moderately used athletic shoes at the Allstate Life Insurance Chicago 13.1 Marathon on Saturday.

The Bears’ first-round draft pick will attend the race at the South Shore Cultural Center and encourage race participants and spectators to donate their moderately used athletic shoes to benefit Breakthrough, an organization on Chicago’s west side that provides shelter, meals and other services to thousands of area homeless each year.

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