ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Chicago Bears traveled to Rockford to host a football camp and donate $10,000 to RPS 205 football programs. Auburn, East, Guilford and Jefferson will each receive $2,500.
The Bears continued to maintain a presence in the Rockford area. Last month, they came to town to help set up a women’s flag football clinic and launch a women’s flag football program in area high schools.
“Our goal is to make football accessible and fair,” said Bears head of youth football and community programs Gustavo Silva. “That includes the youth, the girls’ flag is important to us, as well as the boys’ football in high school. We really wanted to wrap up the Rockford community and make sure we’re supporting at all levels in any way we can.”
The relationship between the Bears and the Rockford Park District continues to grow.
“The Bears have shown their support for the youth of Rockford for many, many years,” said Lamont Jones, Rockford Park District general manager of youth sports. “This is another great opportunity. This is a great opportunity for the Rockford Park District, Rockford Public Schools and the Chicago Bears to come together to put on a great day of competition.”
The competitive portion took place in the form of 7-on-7 scrimmages between the four high school teams at Clarence Hicks Memorial Park, following a morning football camp that featured a few former Bears players.