The Bears and Bears Care continued making an impact in the community through service and support of several community organizations and partners while spreading holiday cheer.
2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: Congratulations to Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II who was nominated as the team's 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide. The Award represents the best of the NFL's commitment to philanthropy and community impact. Allen is involved in the community through the Bears and his "Within Reach Foundation," which aims to provide educational opportunities and resources to low-income and inner-city Chicago students to help put success within reach.
Bears Care Holiday Giving Initiative: The Bears and Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears, hosted approximately 50 families from the Auburn Gresham neighborhood at Leo High School. The families received holiday gifts, a community dinner and were joined by Bears players Kyle Fuller, Anthony Miller and Bears alum Anthony "Santa Spice" Adams. Guests included foster families who reside in the SOS Children's Villages Illinois, along with families selected by the Chicago Police Department 006th District officers and area Chicago Public Schools who have been impacted by gun violence, experienced homelessness or endured severe hardship during the past year. The holiday giving initiative is made possible through the generosity of Bears players, coaches and staff. In addition to this event, Bears Care will also provide donations to Chicago Police Foundation and SOS Children's Villages as part of their holiday giving efforts.
Bears School Outreach: Through a partnership with Youth Guidance, Chicago Bears players make regular visits to Chicago Public Schools during the season to speak to, motivate and interact with students who are part of the Becoming A Man® (BAM®) and Working On Womanhood℠ (WOW) programs, which serve 13,000 CPS students. This week, Cornelius Lucas visited Burnham Math & Science and Patrick Scales visited Southside Occupation Academy High School. Bears School Outreach visits are brought to you by Olivet Nazarene University.
Kicks 4 the City: Danny Trevathan helped distribute winter boots to approximately 100 kids at Clearview Elementary School in Waukegan. Kicks 4 the City was one of the charities selected by Bears players through their 2018 social justice initiative.
Homeroom Huddle: Bears alum Jay Hilgenberg, along with Bears front office staff, visited with families and read to patients at a local children's hospital as part of the PNC Bank Homeroom Huddle program.
Hello to Our Heroes: Former Bear Zach Miller & guests of Cigna helped pack over 350 military care packages in conjunction with our Hello to our Heroes program brought to you by Cigna. These care packages will be distributed throughout the year to military bases all over the world, which help boost morale and bring a piece of home to our most treasured Bears fans. If you know a service member who loves the Chicago Bears, please request a military care package for them here.