Former Bear Encourages Reading

August 16, 2011

Former Bear Encourages Reading
Former Bear Encourages Reading

Courtesy of INSPIREmeChicago  By Sarah Jindra

An NFL Veteran and former Chicago Bear is inspiring kids to read and live healthy lifestyles. 

Linebacker Chris Draft visited the Chicago Public Library's Richard M. Daley Branch on Kedzie to get middle school kids in Chicago excited about reading and going back to the classroom after their summer break. 
He encouraged the kids to go to their public library and get a library card to help keep their minds sharp.  The Chicago Public Library is definitely the place to be to spread that message! It has more than 70 neighborhood branches and offers free access to a huge collection of books, DVD's, music and magazines.


Draft also read from his children's book, Do You Want To Play Catch?  It's his own story of how a simple game of "catch" can teach valuable lessons and strengthen family bonds. 

All proceeds from the book go directly to The Chris Draft Family Foundation, which empowers families to lead healthy lifestyles.  Draft gave away copies of the book to the kids at the library and hopes his message inspires them to never stop learning. 

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