Huddle Up! Chicago Bears to Visit Lawrence Hall Youth Services

Chicago Bears Fitness Zone to be constructed later this month


United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and the Chicago Bears are hosting the 2012 Hometown Huddle at Lawrence Hall Youth Services on Tuesday, October 23 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The event will engage youth in leading a healthy lifestyle through a football skills camp led by Chicago Bears rookies, including Alshon Jeffery, Shea McClellin, Evan Rodriguez, Joe Anderson, Matt Blanchard, James Brown, Isaiah Frey, Aston Whiteside  and Brandon Hardin. Kicking off the activities will be a groundbreaking ceremony in preparation for the Chicago Bears Fitness Zone to be constructed later this month.

Through a generous grant from the Chicago Bears and Bears Care, United Way is building this new outdoor Chicago Bears Fitness Zone on the campus, allowing the youth of Lawrence Hall Youth Services to stay active, even after the Hometown Huddle. Working cohesively with the NFL Play 60 initiative, the Hometown Huddle brings national awareness to the importance of engaging communities in keeping kids active.

“We are grateful to the Chicago Bears, Bears Care and United Way for providing us with a new athletic space, helping to promote health and wellness to the youth and families we serve,” said Mary H. Hollie, chief executive officer at Lawrence Hall Youth Services. “The Chicago Bears Fitness Zone will enhance all of our programming and services around health and wellness, which will help youth boost their self-confidence, become more motivated, and believe in their ability to achieve goals they set for themselves.”

Lawrence Hall Youth Services, located in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, delivers quality care to children and their families, many of whom have experienced significant traumas in their lives. The organization has earned its place as a statewide leader in highly-effective, evidence-based, and innovative therapeutic treatment.

“Directly aligning with our Education and Health Initiatives, Lawrence Hall Youth Services is a unique partner positioned to meet the changing and complex needs of children and families throughout the Chicago area,” said Wendy DuBoe, president and chief executive officer at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. “This is a prime example of how United Way partnerships are providing the on-the-ground work necessary to advance our community-impact plan, LIVE UNITED 2020 and meet the needs of our region’s most at-risk students.”

Sharing a common goal of youth health and wellness, the United Way and NFL partnership is the most visible and longest running charitable collaboration in history. For more than 35 years, the partnership has been a shining example of the tangible good that results when America’s favorite sports league joins forces with the largest nonprofit to create lasting change.

“The Chicago Bears and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago local partnership plays a crucial role in promoting active lifestyles,” said Caroline Schrenker, director of community relations for the Chicago Bears. “Pairing the Chicago Bears’ strong commitment to the community with United Way’s expertise in our region’s health needs, we are able to bring awareness and tangible impact to the issue of youth health and fitness.”

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