Search Staff DirectoryBúsqueda en el Directorio del Personal

CCSD59.org

Grove and Holmes Students “Play 60” at Halftime at Soldier Field

English|Español|Polski

Thanks to CCSD59’s partnership with the Chicago Bears, junior high students from Holmes and Grove had a rather surreal experience during a recent game of flag football.

They played it on Soldier Field during halftime.

While walking onto the field, looking up with a huge smile on her face, ​Grove student Esmeralda Aguilera​ told teacher Margaret Ketterick, “This happens once in a lifetime!”

Twenty-five lucky students from Grove and Holmes, PE teachers/coaches Margaret Ketterick, Tracy Hogan and Justin James, and event organizer and Ridge assistant principal Will Hogan all were at Soldier Field during the game on Sunday, September 24.

Celebrating the tenth year of the program, this new opportunity was offered by the Chicago Bears and partner Fuel Up to Play (FUTP) 60/Midwest Dairy Council. FUTP60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program to raise children’s self-awareness on how to lead healthier lives.

The invitation to play at the stadium was extended to CCSD59 because of its long-standing relationship and performance within the FUTP60 program, and both Grove and Holmes met the required criteria to qualify to play on the field at halftime. As the FUTP60 excitement and self-awareness on the importance of healthy habits have grown, additional CCSD59 schools are getting involved in the program and may qualify for future events.

The Chicago Bears and Midwest Dairy Council partnered to cover the cost of the transportation bus for the students to get to and from Soldier Field.

The Grove and Holmes students and staff were able to watch the game on screens in the locker room, which was shared with the national anthem singer Wilbur Pauley and the Navy Seals Leap Frog Team. According to Hogan, watching the last six minutes of the first half of the game from the field, prior to the students’ scrimmage, was just an amazing experience. “We were just a few yards from Adam Shaheen’s touchdown catch, Marcus Cooper’s 73-yard blocked field goal return, and Connor Barth’s field goal,” he said. “We would like to believe we were influential in the outcome of the game,” he jokes.

Students Taking Selfies with Bears Player at Soldier FieldStudents were able to enjoy many other unique experiences at Soldier Field as well. They saw the tunnels under the stadium and many of the various activities that go into game day. During player warm-ups, students had on-field access and spent over an hour of pregame time watching offensive, defensive, and special teams prepare for the game. The children interacted and took selfies and group pictures with numerous players, gymnast and six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, and NFL media, game referees and officials. Chicago Bears coaches also played catch with the students, who were then allowed on the field during the National Anthem and witnessed the Navy Seals Leap Frog Team parachute into the stadium.

Hogan was incredibly proud of all the students who attended, and the determination and perseverance they continuously show in their dedication to staying healthy. “They did an outstanding job of representing CCSD59,” he said.

“They were respectful and encouraging to one another,” James agreed. “I could hear them talking about how nervous they were, so I just reminded them to take in this whole experience because most people will never get to do something like this. I just encouraged them to soak it all in.”


For more game-day photos and excitement, check out these Tweets from Sunday’s game!

  • Wrestling4thumb
    A Comeback Made Possible by Passion and Perseverance

    A Comeback Made Possible by Passion and Perseverance

    For over 20 years, Holmes Junior High School has not had a wrestling team. Thanks to the passion, excitement, and teamwork of CCSD59 students, staff,…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • mathin59thumb
    Math in 59

    Math in 59

    #d59learns The approach to mathematics in CCSD59 is one in which students develop a passion for math through relevant and authentic learning experiences. Our goal…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • Student Placing Car on Ramp
    Learning in 59El aprendizaje en el 59.

    Learning in 59El aprendizaje en el 59.

    #d59learns Our mission at CCSD59 is to prepare students to be successful for life. To do that, we believe that providing a well-rounded, relevant, and…Nuestra misión en CCSD59 es preparar a los estudiantes para tener éxito toda la vida. Con este propósito, creemos que proporcionar una educación de alta…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • 1Devonshire Thumb Snowmen
    Holiday Spirit Thrives in CCSD59Espíritu festivo prospera en CCSD59

    Holiday Spirit Thrives in CCSD59Espíritu festivo prospera en CCSD59

    December is a often a time when we reflect not only upon the events that have happened all year long but also about how we…Diciembre es a menudo un momento en el que reflexionamos no solo sobre los eventos que han sucedido durante todo el año, sino también sobre…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • cindythumb
    Cindy Modrich - 59 in :59Cindy Modrich - 59 en :59

    Cindy Modrich - 59 in :59Cindy Modrich - 59 en :59

    Cindy Modrich, talent development teacher at Salt Creek and Rupley, considers herself one of the lucky people who always knew what profession called to her.…Cindy Modrich, maestra de desarrollo de talento en Salt Creek y Rupley, se considera una de las personas afortunadas que siempre supo qué profesión la…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • Thumb
    CCSD59 Students Honor VeteransLos estudiantes de CCSD59 honran a los veteranos

    CCSD59 Students Honor VeteransLos estudiantes de CCSD59 honran a los veteranos

    Did you know that Veterans Day, originally called “Armistice Day,” was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, in recognition of the first anniversary of the…¿Sabía que el Día de los Veteranos, originalmente llamado "Día del Armisticio,” se celebró por primera vez el 11 de noviembre de 1919, en reconocimiento…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • MarkSchwarzThumb
    Mark Schwarz - 59 in :59Mark Schwarz 59 en :59

    Mark Schwarz - 59 in :59Mark Schwarz 59 en :59

    Affectionately (if somewhat inaccurately) called “Coach Schwa” by some of his students, most of us know our next “59 in :59” feature as Mark Schwarz,…Cariñosamente (si un poco incorrectamente) llamado "Entrenador Schwa" por algunos de sus alumnos, la mayoría de nosotros conocemos a nuestro próximo personaje de "59 en…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • RidgeHurricaneThumb
    CCSD59 Community Unifies To Help Hurricane VictimsLa comunidad CCSD59 se une para ayudar a las víctimas del huracán

    CCSD59 Community Unifies To Help Hurricane VictimsLa comunidad CCSD59 se une para ayudar a las víctimas del huracán

    Over the last couple months, it has been nearly impossible to turn on a TV, pick up the newspaper, or go online without hearing about…Durante los últimos meses, ha sido casi imposible encender un televisor, recoger el periódico, o ir en línea sin escuchar sobre los afectados por desastres…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • twe
    CCSD59 Celebrates Staff Excellence With ISBE AwardCCSD59 celebra la excelencia del personal con el premio ISBE

    CCSD59 Celebrates Staff Excellence With ISBE AwardCCSD59 celebra la excelencia del personal con el premio ISBE

    Every year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recognizes a variety of educational staff and community members for their outstanding contributions to Illinois schools.…Cada año, el Illinois State Board of Education (Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois) (ISBE) reconoce a una variedad de personal educativo y miembros…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • Eclipse1thumb
    Rupley Students Get a Great View of Solar Eclipse at Harper CollegeLos estudiantes de Rupley obtienen una gran visión del eclipse solar en Harper College

    Rupley Students Get a Great View of Solar Eclipse at Harper CollegeLos estudiantes de Rupley obtienen una gran visión del eclipse solar en Harper College

    On August 21, 2017, CCSD59 students, along with many in North America, were able to see one of nature’s most amazing and unusual sights -…El 21 de agosto de 2017, los estudiantes del CCSD59, junto con muchos en América del Norte, pudieron ver uno de los espectáculos más sorprendentes…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • Summer Instrumental Music Camp Students Put on One Cool FinaleLos estudiantes de verano en el Campamento de Música Instrumental ponen un final genial

    Summer Instrumental Music Camp Students Put on One Cool FinaleLos estudiantes de verano en el Campamento de Música Instrumental ponen un final genial

    During these hot summer months, the well-loved sounds of summertime are everywhere: Children laughing on playgrounds; lifeguard whistles and water splashing; birds singing well into…Durante estos meses de verano calurosos, los sonidos bienamados del verano están por todas partes: Niños que ríen en juegos; Silbatos de salvavidas y salpicaduras…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo
  • Congratulations Class of 2017Felicidades a la Clase de 2017

    Congratulations Class of 2017Felicidades a la Clase de 2017

    To our graduating classes of 2017, we wish you a happy, safe summer and a great beginning to your first year in high school in…Para nuestras clases de graduación de 2017, les deseamos un verano feliz, seguro y un gran comienzo en su primer año en la escuela secundaria…

    Continue ReadingSiga Leyendo