Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has made an impact on the field in his first season with the Bears. Now the veteran safety is trying to do the same thing in the community.
Clinton-Dix, who has scored the Bears' only defensive touchdown so far this season, hosted his first fundraising event in the Chicago area Monday night at Dave & Buster's in Vernon Hills. "An Evening of Fun & Games with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix" supported the Ha Ha's HERO Foundation.
Attendees enjoyed a night of arcade games, food and live and silent auctions in addition to mingling with Clinton-Dix and several of his Bears teammates. The group included Akiem Hicks, Eddie Jackson, Roy Robertson-Harris, Sherrick McManis, DeAndre Houston-Carson, Kevin Toliver, Duke Shelley, Jonathan Harris and Jesper Horsted.
Clinton-Dix welcomed 100 kids from the Lake County Boys & Girls Club and the Waukegan Bulldogs youth football team. The kids were given game cards and listened to Clinton-Dix discuss the importance of education and reading.
"The event went well," Clinton-Dix said. "Just to see the smiles on those kids' faces as we were playing games and having fun and competing against each other, it was a great time. To get to interact with the kids and give them a sign of hope that they can become somebody in life and be successful was great."
Clinton-Dix created his foundation in 2017 when he played for the Packers. He's hosted events in Wisconsin, Washington DC after getting traded to the Redskins last season, and his hometown of Orlando, Fla.
The mission of the Ha Ha's HERO Foundation is to provide economically challenged students with a voice of motivation, empowerment and encouragement so they can be heroes by achieving academic excellence, developing positive personal skills and making positive decisions.
During Monday night's event, Clinton-Dix spoke to attendees about the importance of bringing his foundation to the Chicago area and the community initiatives that will support Chicago youth.
Proceeds from "An Evening of Fun & Games with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix" will go towards unveiling the third Ha Ha's HERO Headquarters – a room in a Title I school that is transformed into a reading oasis filled with books and a comfortable space to read to inspire kids to grow in their learning, education and reading. It will mark the first HERO Headquarters in Chicago.
"We want to give kids up-to-date school books, laptops; anything that can help them be successful and become the next President or the next teacher," Clinton-Dix said. "That's what it's about for me. And I think if I can change one kid's life—which I feel like I've already done—I know the sky's the limit for me."