Defensive lineman Eddie Goldman, wide receivers Cameron Meredith and Kevin White, tight end Khari Lee, and tight end Gannon Sinclair participated in the Bears/United Way "Hometown Huddle" on Tuesday, October 27 at the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center and Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Gurnee.
The Bears, Bears Care and United Way of Lake County partnered to construct two new Chicago Bears Play Zones for children and adults who have suffered abuse. The Play Zones are equipped with new playgrounds and landscaping to provide a nurturing environment to support the emotional well-being of the victims of sexual abuse.
The group started at the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) for a check presentation from the Bears and Bears Care to the United Way of Lake County. Afterwards, the players moved to the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center to help put the finishing touches on the Play Zone, assisting with mulching, laying sod, and any remaining construction on the play structure.
The 2015 Hometown Huddle project began with a $20,000 grant from the Chicago Bears and the NFL Foundation to the United Way of Lake County. Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears, provided a matching grant of $20,000.
The NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle is a league-wide day of service designed to bring awareness and impact to the issue of youth health and fitness. During the 17th annual Hometown Huddle, NFL teams will help members of their local communities by building fitness zones and playgrounds, hosting youth football clinics conducting hands-on volunteer projects.