Golf for Kids Fundraiser Successful

Chicago Bear Robbie Gould (left) and former Bear and WGN Radio personality Glen Kozlowski.

WHEELING, IL (June 11, 2008) - For the second year, Chicago Bear Robbie Gould participated in the 14th annual Golf for Kids fundraiser to support the University's programs for underprivileged urban youth. While he may be the highest paid kicker in the National Football League, it is clear from Gould’s remarks at the banquet for Golf for Kids that his priorities are in the right place. Although his major concentration is understandably on football, he is very involved in other charitable causes, including the launching of his own foundation in the fall.

Held for the fourth consecutive year at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling, Ill., Golf for Kids is an annual collaboration between North Park University and the Chicago Bears. North Park alumnus Brian McCaskey C'82 has led the event for many years, and co-chaired Wednesday along with Gould and former Bear and current WGN Radio personality Glen Kozlowski.

Another important Bears figure at this year's event was Mrs. Virginia McCaskey, team owner. For the first time in the 14 year history of the event, Mrs. McCaskey attended the evening banquet and award presentation honoring North Park by her presence.

Although the official tally of funds raised may not be known for several weeks, Director of University Events Sue Gost considers this year's event another big success. "We had fantastic participation. The numbers of golfers increased from 105 last year to 127 at this year’s event. This number included 16 alumni Bears and staff and 8 current players, among them Robbie Gould and Chris Williams, the Bears #1 draft choice in the 2008 NFL draft. It was a great day filled with very generous people coming together to enjoy themselves and to enable the work North Park does with urban youth to continue as we strive to make a difference in the Albany Park community surrounding the University."

Golf for Kids was featured in Fred Mitchell's column for the Chicago Tribune on June 19, 2008.

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