Touchdown Tour

The Chicago Bears announced a two-day downstate caravan Monday benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. "The Chicago Bears Central Illinois Touchdown Tour" is presented by Illinois Power and has four scheduled stops across central Illinois on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25.

Chicago Bears players and personnel are targeted to visit Champaign, Decatur, Bloomington and Peoria to generate excitement for their 2002 season in Champaign. Scheduled to appear in all four locations are Head Coach Dick Jauron, defensive end Bryan Robinson, quarterback Jim Miller and defensive back Jerry Azumah.

Each stop on the two-day, four city tour will feature a meet and greet session with Special Olympics athletes, a press conference with local media, followed by a breakfast, luncheon or after hours fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. A limited number of tickets are available to the general public for the fundraising event. Fans interested in attending one of the tour stops should call the Special Olympics hotline at (888) 232-4389. Event tickets are $50 each and all net proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

The ticketed event will be emceed by Bears radio color analyst Hub Arkush and will feature commentary from Coach Jauron and a question and answer session with the players. Drawings will be held at each event for Bears merchandise and memorabilia. Information on 10-game ticket packages and group tickets for the 2002 season will also be available.

Earlier this year the Chicago Bears announced an exclusive charitable partnership with Special Olympics Illinois for the 2002 season. The Bears will be actively involved with Special Olympic Illinois through player appearances, ticket donations, fundraising events and awareness programs. Special Olympics Illinois was created in 1968 when the First International Special Olympics Games were held at Soldier Field.

Central Illinois Tour Schedule

Mon., June 24 Champaign Holiday Inn & Conference Center 12:15 pm Lunch Fund Raiser

Mon., June 24 Decatur Holiday Inn & Conference Center 5:15 pm Reception Fund Raiser

Tues., June 25 Bloomington Chateau Bloomington (formerly Jumers) 7:30 am Breakfast Fund Raiser

Tues., June 25 Peoria Hotel Pere Marquette 12:15 pm Lunch Fund Raiser

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