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High School All-Star & Coach of the Week

High School All-Star & Coach of the Week

The Chicago Bears "Coach of the Week" program was launched in 1996 and "High School All-Star" program in 2011. The "Coach of the Week" program honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players' football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline and teamwork abilities. The nomination criteria for the "High School All-Star" program includes on-field performance, community involvement and good sportsmanship. Deserving high school coaches and players are nominated by a panel of local prep authorities and the winning player is selected each week from August 27-October 23. Since the program's inception, the Bears have donated more than $326,500 to Illinois high schools in support of their football programs.

Week 1 | Coach: Peter Panagakis - Player: Hank Beatty 

Week 2 | Coach: Dennis Piron - Player: Kaiden Miller 

Week 3 | Coach: Dave Mills - Player: Héctor Ramirez 

Week 4 | Coach: Corey Olson - Player: Marco Maldonado 

Week 5 | Coach: Matt Miller - Player: Chase Hanson 

Week 6 | Coach: Mike Fitzgerald - Player: Zach Hinds 

Week 7 | Coach: Jake Brosman - Player: Jordan Anderson 

Week 8 | Coach: Gavin Johnston - Player: Aiden Cyr 

Week 9 | Coach: Derek Hart - Player: Aidan Gray

2021 Coach of the Year: George Czart

Chicago Bears Community High School All-Star brought to you by Athletico Physical Therapy

Chicago Bears Community High School All-Star brought to you by Athletico Physical Therapy

The Chicago Bears are proud to partner with Athletico Physical Therapy to present the Chicago Bears Community High School All-Star Award that recognizes high school football players who make a positive impact in their community and school. These student-athletes exemplify service, leadership, and character. The Chicago Bears Community High School All-Stars take the lessons learned through playing the sport of football and use them to benefit their community.

Nike 11-On

Nike 11-On

The Chicago Bears hosted the 2nd annual Nike 11-on at Fenton High School for a day of tournaments. Eight schools participated in scrimmages and skills competitions. Those schools were:

  • Fenton High School
  • Christ The King Jesuit High School
  • Carmel Catholic High School
  • Springfield High School
  • Thornton Fractional High School
  • Dundee-Crown High School
  • Wendell Phillips High School
  • North Chicago High School

Teams participated in various challenges and skills competitions. As the winning team, Wendell Phillips received a $2,500 donation to their football program; Carmel Catholic received a $1,500 donation and Springfield received a $1,000 donation for coming in second and third place, respectively.

IHSA State Champions

IHSA State Champions

During halftime on Dec. 20, the Bears recognized high school football honorees. 2021 IHSA State Champions were Lena-Winslow (1A) Wilmington HS (2A), Byron High School (3A), Joliet Catholic Academy (4A), Fenwick HS (5A), Cary-Grove HS (6A), Wheaton NorthHS (7A) and Lockport Township HS (8A).

Athletic Training Grant

Athletic Training Grant

The Chicago Bears and Bears Care announced that Back of the Yards High School in Chicago and Thornton Township High School in Harvey will each receive grants from Bears Care for athletic training equipment that will support the health and safety of all students. In 2021, the Chicago Bears and Bears Care also presented Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in Chicago and Fenton High School in Bensenville with similar grants; Tucker also joined their coaches and staff virtually to share the news.

Girls Flag Football

Girls Flag Football

The Chicago Bears and Chicago Public Schools launched the inaugural CPL Girls Flag Football league, in conjunction with NFL FLAG and Nike this past fall. Over 20 teams from across CPS participated in the program. This marked the first girls flag football league at the high school level in Illinois. The 2021 CPL Champion was Back Of The Yards High School.

NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards

NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards

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.

NFL Grassroots Program

NFL Grassroots Program

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.