Bears School Outreach
On Tuesdays during the football season and through a partnership with Youth Guidance, Chicago Bears players visit Chicago Public Schools to speak with students who are part of the Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) and Working on Womanhood (W.O.W.) programs. The B.A.M. program focuses on six core values, including Integrity, Accountability, Self-Determination, Positive Anger Expression, Visionary Goal Setting, and Respect for Womanhood. W.O.W. focuses on five core values, including Self-Awareness, Emotional Intelligence, Healthy Relationships, Visionary Goal Setting, and Leadership. The Bears School Outreach Program concluded its 20th season in 2017.
Collin Wehr Scholarship
The Chicago Bears Collin Wehr Scholarship program provides financial assistance to young cancer survivors or the siblings of children who lost their battle with pediatric cancer. The scholarship program is designed to ease the financial and emotional hardships associated with fighting cancer and to provide the opportunity for young people affected by cancer to pursue their post-secondary education from an accredited university, college, community college, or vocational technical school.
The inspiration for this scholarship comes from our dear friend, Collin Wehr, who ended his battle with pediatric cancer in March 2013. Collin first visited Halas Hall in 2011 to fulfill his wish of being a NFL Network reporter and reporting live from Halas Hall alongside Tom Waddle. Collin and the Wehr family became a permanent part of the Bears family that day, and this scholarship serves as a tribute to this very special young man.
Tales to Tackle
The Chicago Bears Tales to Tackle reading program focuses on promoting reading in a variety of different ways. Throughout the season, the Chicago Bears organization visit schools to star as guest readers, deliver books to encourage students to read at higher levels and partner with different organizations to continue the success of reading in our communities.
Symetra Heroes in the Classroom ®
Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond? Do you want to recognize him or her for their hard work and dedication? Nominate them to be a Symetra Hero in the Classroom®! During the 2018 Bears season, 16 exceptional K-12 teachers will be honored. As part of the award, the Heroes will win two tickets to a Bears home game, be recognized at Soldier Field and receive a $2,000 donation for their classroom. Hero selection is based on a teacher's ability to balance the core curriculum with students' individual needs; build trust among students, parents and the community; and invest in their students' long-term success. Nominate your favorite teacher today at SymetraHeroes.com. Symetra Heroes in the Classroom ® is presented locally by Arthur J. Gallagher.