Age Range: All ages
The Chicago Park District's Junior Bear program gives 850 Chicago-area children ages 8-10 (pee wee) and 11-13 (varsity), from 20 citywide parks, the opportunity to play football. The varsity league's season culminates in this annual Mum Bowl championship at Soldier Field. This year the Washington Park Redskins will take on the Rainbow Beach Park Jaguars.
The tradition of the Mum Bowl includes each football player presenting a family member with a Mum corsage at midfield, prior to kick off. During half-time, one Junior Bear will receive the Walter Payton Award that honors a player who not only exercises good sportsmanship, but is also an asset to his community.
6:15pm - Traditional Mum Ceremony
6:30 pm - Kickoff
View the 2012 Mum Bowl program.
The Chicago Park District partners with the Chicago Bears and Bears Care, the team's charitable beneficiary, to provide the Junior Bear football program. Bears Care provides long-standing support to the Chicago Park District by helping to fund the Junior Bear and Inner City Flag Football programs.