Chicago Bears exec George McCaskey kicks off “Football for Heart” program

George McCaskey, a grandson of Chicago Bears legendary founder George Halas, will become Chairman of the Board for the team in 2011. McCaskey recently visited nearby Gurrie Middle School to kick off the “Football for Heart” program sponsored by the Bears and the American Heart Association, according to the LaGrange Pioneer Local.

Gurrie is one of four schools in Illinois piloting the new football program, which promotes physical activity and raises funds for research to combat heart disease. Students gathered donations and spent a week of physical education classes playing flag football.

“The kids absolutely love it, and they were so excited when they found out that Mr. McCaskey was coming,” Gurrie physical education teacher Joe Pontrelli said, noting that the students raised more than $2,000.

“It looks great,” said McCaskey, who also signed autographs for the students. “I see a lot of enthusiasm, the kids are having fun, and the best thing is that the kids are moving.  It’s important to show people the Bears are behind programs like this. It promotes physical activity and good health.”

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(Above: George McCaskey signing an autograph for a student, Sun-Times Media)

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