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Sitton hosts fundraiser to benefit kids

Posted Jun 27, 2017

Back home in Florida last week, Bears guard Josh Sitton helped raise awareness and funds for a cause that’s near and dear to his heart.

Back home in Florida last week, Bears guard Josh Sitton helped raise awareness and funds for a cause that’s near and dear to his heart.

Josh Sitton

The 10-year NFL veteran coordinated and attended a sold-out gala in Pensacola benefitting the Studer Community Institute’s efforts to improve early childhood learning for kids from birth to kindergarten.

“I think a lot of people focus on high school and college education and they don’t think about early learning development and how important that is,” Sitton told the Pensacola News Journal. “That is what we are trying to do.

“I think if we can educate people from a younger age, then we can be more successful. This is not something that we are going to see a result right away. It is something that is going to take five or 10 years, but we are willing to put in that time and that effort.”

According to its website, the Studer Community Institute is focused on efforts to create “America’s First Early Learning City” and boost kindergarten readiness. An Early Learning City is a place that enlists the whole community in building a culture of lifelong learning, including in its public spaces. It is a community that supports early brain development, parent engagement and school readiness for all children, especially those five and under.

Sitton, who is a member of the Studer Community Institute’s board of directors, is entering his second year with the Bears after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

The 6-3, 318-pounder was joined at the fundraiser by Bears teammates Jordan Howard and Cody Whitehair as well as Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn, former Packers, Bengals and Falcons linebacker A.J. Hawk and former NBA star Charlie Ward, who won the Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback at Florida State.

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