Thirty seventh, eighth and ninth graders and four staff from the Midtown Center for boys attended the second day of the Chicago Bears' training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais on Saturday, July 27, thanks to Jeff Bennett, a local real estate executive.
Two of Bears' rookie linebackers - Jon Bostin from the University of Florida and Khaseem Greene from Rutgers University - signed autographs for the students after the two-and-one-half hour morning practice. Brian McCaskey, a member of the Bears' Board of Directors, also spoke to the boys and answered their questions afterwards.
Mr. McCaskey, who co-chaired Midtown Educational Foundation's annual golf outing in June, stressed that the players work hard not only on the field but for many hours in the classroom both before and after practice.
The boys who made the trip were selected from a much larger group of 400 students participating in the summer enrichment program at the Midtown Center for boys, as a reward for their consistently good behavior both in the classroom and on the playground during the seven-week camp.