Military Youth Go Behind-the-Scenes with Chicago Bears

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Did you know monitoring weather is essential for kickers, quarterbacks, and coaches during a football game? Chicago Bears head groundskeeper, Ken Mrock, joined USO Illinois on Wednesday, March 31 for USO Youth Programs: The Science Behind Sports. He taught military kids about the effects weather has on the field and the safety of the athletes. Mrock also explained how military kids can measure and monitor the weather in their own backyards with homemade weather stations. Former Chicago Bear’s Tight End, Jim Thornton, joined in on the conversation to share how weather affected his playing performance.

“The science behind the field was very informative and interesting to my son. He loved to hear about the “fog game” and about how the sod is grown, transported, and planted. Thank you for this and all the amazing programs you offer.” - USMC spouse

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