Bears Win

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame has presented the Bears with the Best Alumni Event Award.

The Hall of Fame annually sponsors and orchestrates the Pro Team Community Awards. Minor and professional sports teams submit entries in various categories for consideration.

The Bears are being recognized for their Alumni Reunion event at the final regular season game at Soldier Field last Jan. 6. The selection committee consists of over 21 sports celebrities, including Angelo Dundee, Jim Nantz, Jerry Kramer, and Nadia Comaneci.

The same organization named the Bears as a runner-up for the Pro Team Community Award, which recognizes the sports organization that is judged to have the most effective calendar of community activities.

Kidding around: If you have (or know) kids between the ages of 6-15, you may have interest in the following NFL youth football programs:

NFL Flag Football This community-based program provides the opportunity for boys and girls ages 6-14 to become involved in football through an organized non-contact football league. An NFL Flag team consists of 10 kids per team (5 on the field, with 5 substitutions) on a field 70x30 yards for 40 minutes. There are several different NFL Flag leagues offered in the Chicagoland area.

Punt, Pass and Kick The NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick competition is available to boys and girls ages 8-15 and is free of charge. The program begins with Local Competitions in August and September. The winners from each age division in the Local Competition move on to compete at the Sectional Competition, which will take place in October. Finally, the Team Championships will be held in Memorial Stadium on November 3 prior to the Bears' game against the Eagles.

If you have interest in enrolling a boy or girl in NFL Flag Football and/or Punt, Pass and Kick, you can log-on to or, or you can call 1-800-NFL-SNAP for more details.

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