The Chicago Park District is hosting the 73rd Annual Mum Bowl at historic Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr. The 2022 Junior Bear football championship game is between the Ogden Park Vikings and the Lindblom Park Ravens this Friday, October 21, 2022. The game kicks off at 7 pm.
Junior Bear is a tackle football program for our youth. All season long, players participate in opening ceremonies, clinics, and league play against various park teams across the city. We are excited for the championship Mum Bowl game and we invite the public to come out to cheer on our finalists!
Before the game, athletes will continue the tradition of presenting a family member with a mum corsage to thank them for the time and effort they provide to make the season possible. At halftime, one Junior Bear player will receive the Walter Payton Award, which honors a player who exercises good sportsmanship and is an asset to his community. At the end of the game, the Thomas “Coach” Mitchell Trophy will be awarded to either the Ogden Park Vikings or the Lindblom Park Ravens.
Admission to the game, as well as parking in the Waldron garage, is free.
To determine the 3rd and 4th place winners, a game between the Fosco Park Chargers and LaFollette Park Wildcats will be played at De La Salle Institute (3434 S Michigan Ave.) on Saturday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m.
The Junior Bear program is coordinated and administered by the Chicago Park District, and partially funded by a grant from Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears. Learn more about the Junior Bear Football program here.
This year, 13 teams participated from park across the city and more than 800 players committed their time and energy to their respective teams. The free program provides participants with access to the best equipment in the sport, transportation to and from games, uniforms and instruction from trained coaches and staff. The 73-year-old tradition is a stepping stone for many that have gone on to play the sport in college and professionally on the big stage.