Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chicago Bears Give Bikes to Deserving Kids


At Sporting Chance Press, we are interested in the story behind the story in athletics. What are the good things athletes, coaches, owners and others do.

Working with Patrick McCaskey author of Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout we know the Chicago Bears are involved in many good causes and have supported many charities. Although it has been around for several years, one such program that we read about recently is the Bears training camp bicycle donation program.

Lovie Smith and his coaching staff use bicycles to get around the campus of Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais during summer training camp. At the conclusion of camp, those bicycles are donated to local children. The original donation of bicycles was generously made by Steve DePron at Bike & Hike of Rock Island, IL. The Bears organization has acquired the cycles for the program in subsequent years and continues to work with Bike 'n Hike.

According the Bears, they work with the Bourbonnais Police Department, Kankakee County Sheriff's Department, Bradley Police Department, and Illinois State Police to identify deserving youngsters to receive the bikes. The boys and girls range in age from 10-15 years old, represent all different ethnic backgrounds, and live in different areas throughout Kankakee County.

Bike 'n Hike continues to be involved in a myriad of charitable functions itself to acquire both bikes and helmuts for needy children.

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