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The Chicago Bears organization is proud to implement and support numerous community program and initiatives which positively impact thousands of individuals, children and family each and every year. Here are some of the many ways that the Bears show their support during the football season.  

The Chicago Bears held their first-ever Crucial Catch event at a high school football game in Springfield, Ill., on Friday, Sept. 21, for the ninth annual Leonard Bowl. The game was between Sacred Heart-Griffin High School and Rochester High School which was held at the Sacred Heart-Griffin West Campus (1601 W. Washington St., Springfield).

The Leonard Bowl is a rivalry matchup between Ken Leonard, who is the head coach of Sacred Heart-Griffin, and his son Derek Leonard, who is the head coach of Rochester High School. Both teams are Central State Eight Conference schools. Last December, Ken and Derek lost their wife/mother to breast cancer. In honor of Liz Leonard, the Bears handed out pink rally towels and pins, hosted a Mini Monster Clinic brought to you by Advocate Health Care and had appearances by Staley Da Bear, Monster Squad and the Chicago Bears Drumline.

"The Chicago Bears are excited to be a part of a great rivalry game between Sacred Heart-Griffin and Rochester this coming Friday night," said Bears Director of Community & Alumni Relations Matt Simeone. "We have had the pleasure of getting to know Ken and Derek Leonard and are glad we have the opportunity to join them in remembering their wife/mother, Liz Leonard."

USA Football put together a trailer from Friday's event that can be viewed here.

Beth Long, breast cancer survivor, and other members of the Bears Care Gala Committee joined with Danny Trevathan in welcoming over fifty breast cancer survivors to Halas Hall on Tuesday for the Season Opener event which officially kicked off the 2018 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink campaign. Now in its eleventh year, the campaign raises funds for Bears Care which will support Chicago area programs serving breast cancer patients and their families. Click here to support

The Bears School Outreach program kicked off for the 2018 school year at Jordan Community School in Chicago with a visit from Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller.  Each week during the football season and through a partnership with Youth Guidance, Chicago Bears players will visit Chicago Public Schools to speak to, motivate, and interact with students who are part of the B.A.M (Becoming a Man) and W.O.W. (Working on Womanhood) 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.


Deon Bush visited the children at the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County where he spent quality time with them and joined in team building games and signed autographs.

Students at Stuart R. Paddock Elementary in Palatine ran through the Bears Mini Monsters clinic, brought to you by Advocate Health Care, on Wednesday with former Bear Jim Schwantz, who is currently the Mayor of Palatine.  

The Chicago Bears Week 4 High School All-Star was Michael Best of Wheeling High School. Best lead the way for the Wildcats in their 45-42 come-from-behind win against Vernon Hills after passing for 374 yards and five touchdowns.  

The Chicago Bears Week 4 Coach of the Week winner John Walters of Glenbard East High School whose team improved to a 4-0 record after a 17-13 victory over undefeated West Aurora. This marks the first time the Rams have started with a 4-0 record since 1967.  

The Bears and Advocate Health Care held a "Monday Night Lights" pep rally Maine East High School with appearances from Benny Cunningham, James Daniels, Pat O'Donnell and Javon Wims to officially kick off the campaign. A Mini Monsters clinic, brought to you by Advocate Health Care, was also part of the festivities.

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