Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Bears taught students from across Illinois the importance of eating well, exercising, and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle earlier this month at the Bears’ training facility in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Sixteen Northwestern student-athletes representing three sports, in addition to Willie the Wildcat and the NU Spirit Squad, took part in the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 community event at a reward summit at the Walter Payton Center, the Bears’ indoor training facility at Halas Hall.

Twelve members of the Northwestern fencing team were at the event, including freshmen Julia Abelsky, Stephanie Chan, Alisha Gomez-Shah, Alex Kain, Sarit Kapon, Cindy Oh, and Ania Parzecki; sophomores Mikela Goldstein, Charlotte Sands, Kaitlyn Wallace, and Jen Yamin; and junior Tina Umanskiy.

Freshman diver Reed Dillon and senior Tim Smith represented the men’s swimming program, while sophomores Jennifer Korn and Natalie Cikos represented the women’s soccer team.

“The event was so much fun,” Korn said. “I wish that when I was in grade school they had programs like Fuel Up to Play 60 that offered these great opportunities. I'm a huge Bears fan and thought that it was so cool that the kids got to run drills in the Bears' facility and meet some players.  The kids were super pumped to be there and the whole event was filled with high energy because of their excitement.”

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