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Players thank school for supporting Bears Care

Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez and nine of his teammates visited Heineman Middle School in Algonquin Thursday to thank the school for its fundraising efforts on behalf of Bears Care.


Evan Rodriguez (far left) led a contingent of Bears players on a visit to Heineman Middle School.Through their Hawks Care program, Heineman students and teachers raised about $20,000 for cancer research over the past year and have now generated over $100,000 since 2006.

Other Bears who attended Thursday's event were receiver Demetrius Fields, linebacker Khaseem Greene, cornerbacks Demontre Hurst and Maurice Jones, tackle Jordan Mills, defensive tackles Zach Minter and Brent Russell, defensive end Cornelius Washington and punter Tress Way.

Bears Care was created in 2005 to improve the quality of life for people in the Chicago area, especially disadvantaged children and their families, through programs supporting education, youth athletics and medical research and health awareness programs focusing on breast and ovarian cancer. Since that time, Bears Care has issued grants totaling over $9 million to nearly 80 agencies.

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