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Bears celebrate Latino Heritage Month


The Chicago Bears will celebrate Latino Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 across all official team channels, in the community and on gameday. Fans are encouraged to follow along to learn more about Latino Heritage.

Latino Heritage Month Game on Sept. 25 vs. Texans

  • At the game, Jesus Ramos will perform the anthem. Ramos is also a Canadian Pacific Railroad Police Special Agent.
  • In honor of Deaf Awareness Month, the Bears will welcome the Chicago Hearing Society, a division of Anxiety Center, to have a Deaf performer and interpreter sign the anthem for every home game. Joan Joel will be the performer; Shelley Engstrom-Kestel will be the Deaf interpreter for the anthem. The Mariachi Sirenas will perform at the Ultimate Tailgate before the kickoff. They are an ALTA Award Winning and Chicago's first and very own All-Women Mariachi. La Obra will provide entertainment pregame in the Miller Lite Fan Zone.
  • The University of Illinois Marching Illini will play during halftime.

Bears Care Donation to Flag Football Programs

Bears Care has donated $15,000 to start NFL Flag Football in Little Village in Partnership with Beyond The Ball and $5,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township to support starting an NFL Flag Football league. A check donation was given to Beyond the Ball early this summer and a check presentation for Boys and Girls Club is planned this month. Bears Care continue to support the growth of flag football by increasing equity, accessibility and inclusion in the game.

In the Community

The Bears will host a number of events in the Latino community throughout the month. On Sept. 17 and Sept. 30, Bears Huddle volunteers will visit two different food distribution centers, Our Lady of Fatima and Immaculate Conception, to distribute food to families of the Brighton Park community.

Mini Monsters Clinics, brought to you by Advocate Children's Hospital, will focus on servicing mostly Latino communities and schools throughout September and October, including Elgin on Sept. 14 and Torres Elementary/Acero in Chicago on Sept. 15. Mini Monsters will also plan to bring clinics to Beyond the Ball in Little Village.

Bears Care Season Opener Luncheon

Bears Care plans to host two groups serving Latina women for the Season Opener Luncheon on Sept. 23, which kicks off the Real Bears Fans Wear Pink Campaign. This event is to support groups that support women of color and women from underserved neighborhoods in accessing diagnostics and care.

Difference Makers

As part of the club's Difference Makers series, senior writer Larry Mayer will overview Player Engagement Coordinator Erika Marmolejo's role and career path. Marmolejo, an Azusa Pacific University and Pepperdine Law graduate, has been with the Bears since summer of 2020 and oversees the player engagement department while serving as a resource to Bears players, staff and their families.

Univision Community Update with Gustavo Silva

In partnership with Univision, Bears Manager of Youth Football & Community Programs Gustavo Silva will join Miguel Esparza for a community update every other Monday at 11 a.m. throughout the season on TUDN Deportes Radio 1200 AM and streaming on the Univision Uforia App. Click here to listen to this week's segment.