More than 500 people including children, adults, die-hard Bears fans, and even a few hospital patients and personnel gathered at the Delnor 351 Building Tuesday night for the chance to meet Israel Idonije, No. 71, of the Chicago Bears. Idonije was there to remind people of the health benefits of staying active.
Idonije was excited to be there and especially encouraging to all of the kids who came up to him with footballs for him to sign. "Stay tough," he said to a first-grader wearing a large Bears jersey. "Stay tough, keep up the hard work! We need people like you. Don't give up!"
has a close relationship with the Bears and also supports the NFL program, "Play 60." "Play 60" is a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes per day.
Idonije was at Delnor to help promote this campaign and share it with the community. Some of the earlier guests were lucky enough to get a free NFL "Play 60" poster with Idonije on it and tips for ways to "Play 60."
From about 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., Idonije was signing autographs, sharing experiences pertaining to his own health and wellness, engaging with fans and encouraging everyone to aim for 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
"Whatever you do," he told the kids, "remember that you must always make time to PLAY!"