Bears Commit $500K To Social Justice Projects

September 18, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(670 The Score) Chicago Bears players and ownership have each committed more than $250,000 from their respective sides to social justice initiatives, totaling more than $500,000 in donations. With the act, the Bears have become the first NFL team to unveil such a project after the league announced in March that each club would match player contributions up to $250,000 for such community-related causes.

The Bears' social justice causes have an emphasis on education, community/police relations and criminal justice reform. The donation recipients are in the final stages of being selected.

Team chairman George McCaskey joined a committee that included players Sam Acho, Trey Burton, Chase Daniel, Akiem Hicks and Mitchell Trubisky and four front office staff members. The committee has already met and been in discussions with the University of Chicago Crime Lab.

McCaskey and Acho, the Bears' team players' representative, first met about social justice initiatives in September 2017 and have continued those discussions since. They took a tour to a Louisiana penitentiary this past March during a time in which Acho was a free agent negotiating his place with the team. They have also been involved locally in Chicago, including holding a meeting with the city's police superintendent. 

The NFL first announced in a proposal last November that it would offer nearly $100 million over seven years to causes tied to criminal justice reform, law enforcement, community relations and education.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​