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This week in the community: 10.18.19

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The Bears were active in the community this week with an emphasis on initiatives leading up to the team’s Crucial Catch game. 

Real Bears Fans Wear Pink
2019 “Real Bears Fans Wear Pink” shirts in partnership with Advocate Health Care, Official Health Care Partner of the Chicago Bears, are available for purchase at www.chicagobears.com/pink and at the October 20 home game at Soldier Field. Proceeds benefit Bears Care and help fund local programs which provide care, assistance and support services to breast cancer patients and their families, including helping facilitate timely access to critical breast health services for low-income women. 

Crucial Catch
Kyle Fuller joined representatives from Bears Care and Culinary Care, a Bears Care “Real Bears Fans Wear Pink” grant recipient, to deliver meals from Gibsons Italia to individuals receiving outpatient chemotherapy at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Meal delivery through Culinary Care provides made-to-order meals from well-established local restaurants and delivers them to patients in the greatest need identified by partner hospitals and cancer support organizations

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Advocate Health Care Patches/Practice Jersey Auction 
Bears players wore special white and pink Advocate Health Care patches on their practice jerseys the week leading up to the Crucial Catch game. Jerseys are being auctioned off to fans via the free Chicago Bears Official App brought to you by Verizon. Each jersey will be auctioned with an “I Practice For” card signed by that player. Proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit the “Real Bears Fans Wear Pink” campaign. For information on how to set up auction alerts within the Chicago Bears Official App, please visit chicagobears.com/bearscare. 

Coach of the Week and High School All-Star
The Chicago Bears announced that Adam Nissen of St. Laurence High School in Burbank, IL, has been named the Chicago Bears High School “Coach of the Week” for Week 7 and running back Ian Ridge of Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, IL, was named the Chicago Bears “High School All-Star.” The “Coach of the Week” and “High School All-Stars” programs are brought to you by Athletico Physical Therapy. Nissen and Ridge will be invited to the Bears vs. Kansas City game on Sunday, December 22, and will join their fellow 2019 “Coach of the Week” and “High School All-Star” honorees, respectively, for a pregame photo on the field. They will each also receive a framed certificate signed by Bears general manager Ryan Pace, head coach Matt Nagy and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. 

Symetra Heroes in the Classroom
During the 2019 Bears season, 16 exceptional K-12 teachers will be honored through the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program. As part of the award, the Heroes will win two tickets to a Bears home game, be recognized at Soldier Field and receive a $2,000 donation for their classroom. Recently honored teachers who will be recognized at the Bears vs. Saints game are Rebecca Hermann from John M. Palmer Elementary School and Doug Henager at Piper Elementary School. Nominate your favorite teacher today at SymetraHeroes.com. Symetra Heroes in the Classroom ® is presented locally by Arthur J. Gallagher. 

Bears Fit Youth Challenge
The Bears have launched the Bears Fit Youth Challenge in 15 Waukegan School District 60 elementary schools, which will run now through the end of October. The program is designed to engage youth in four weeks of fitness activities that include essential components such as flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance and nutrition. Students will be encouraged to participate in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a minimum of five times per week, in addition to eating fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy. Those who complete the challenge each week will earn award certificates and other rewards. The top five schools in student completion percentage will be awarded with a school assembly featuring Staley Da Bear. 

Staley Da Bear
Staley Da Bear visited police officers in Districts 005, 006, 007 and 010 to drop off fruit provided by Testa Produce. Youth from My Block, My Hood, My City were also at the District 010 stop, where they helped lead a tour of their neighborhood for new police recruits.

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