Helpful Bears

Helpful Bears: Three not-so-little Bears—offensive linemen Marc Colombo and Terrance Metcalf and defensive back Jerrell Pippens—were in Rockford last week to help Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity construct two low-cost homes for first-time home buyers, reported WTVO-TV-17.

The homes are on Bayliss Avenue on Rockford’s west side. “We just finished up mini-camp,” said Colombo. “That was a lot of football. It feels good to get out here in the sun and relax and build houses.”

Several other employees of the Bears’ organization pitched in. They were from the Bears marketing, accounting and services departments. “We do two events each year, and we try to make them as hands-on as possible,” said Bears Community Relations Director Caroline Guip.

Cotina Hill is owner of one of the homes. When asked by TV-17 if she is a Bear fan, she confessed, “I am a Packer fan, but I’m getting persuaded to become a Bears fan!” Let’s hope so.

Another Bear, defensive tackle Darrell Campbell, was scheduled to be in town May 28 to help conduct a free training camp for NFL Flag participants. NFL Youth Football of Rockford and Community Foundation of Northern Illinois were to put on the second annual Rockford Football Training Camp.

Coaches from Rock Valley College, Rockford College, Rockford East and Jefferson were scheduled to help with the camp. One participant was to win a free scholarship ($345 value) to the 2005 Chicago Bears Camp June 27-July 1 at Sportscore II.

From the June 1-7, 2005, issue

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