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Bears say thanks to Olivet for 2013 Training Camp success

Posted: Aug 15, 2013


Marc Testman, head coach for the Chicago Bears, giving credit to all who helped with Training Camp


Lance Briggs (L) and Roberto Garza expressing thanks on behalf of the players


Roberto Garza emphasizing importance of relationship between the Bears and Olivet

Marc Trestman, head coach for the Chicago Bears, and his entire team gathered with more than 300 Olivet Training Camp staff members to express their thanks for a successful 2013 Training Camp. This was the first meeting of its kind ever to take place at the conclusion of the four-week event.

Addressing the early morning gathering — as dismantling of the camp site was taking place — were Coach Trestman, along with Roberto Garza (center) and Lance Briggs (linebacker).

In another of his firsts as the new head coach for the Bears, Coach Trestman sincerely thanked everyone for their dedication and hard work throughout Training Camp. He acknowledged the long hours that many put in toward supporting the team, and spoke of the bond between the Bears and Olivet that continues to grow stronger. Backed by the team, including Jay Cutler (quarterback), Garza and Briggs echoed their coach’s gratefulness for the help and support they experienced during their time on Olivet’s campus.

During this year’s Training Camp, Olivet provided 350 employees in a variety of areas, including food service/concessions, information technology, cleaning, grounds, maintenance, public safety and more. In addition, the Bears hired 75 interns and employees for their staff — many of whom are Olivet students and alumni. On Sunday, August 11, an all-time, one-day attendance record was reached with 20,000 fans that day alone.

Olivet and the Bears will continue their outstanding relationship for at least nine more Training Camps at Olivet, based on the agreement signed this week.

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