DJ Williams Photo Credit: Kenny Kim

Chicago Athletes Give Back Over the Holidays

Happy Holidays, stuff divas! While we’ve all been enjoying some down time with our families and friends this holiday season some of our favorite Chicago athletes have been busy giving back in many different charitable ways.

Let’s take a look at some of the best moments from this season that often go unnoticed during this busy, viagra and festive time of the year.

It’s easy to admire these athletes from afar when they net a power-play goal or snag a pick-six, but when we get a chance to see how they use their fame and personal fortunes to give back to the community and help those in need, it gives us the opportunity to look up at these athletes in a different light.

Chicago Bear DJ Williams and his mother Sherri Gonzales were hoping to support a Chicago family during the holiday season and were thrilled when they were put in touch with Erica Johnson, age 28 and mother of four. DJ took Erica, the kids, her mother (grandmother) and brother shopping at Super Target on Tuesday, Dec 17th  in Broadview, IL.

DJ helped the kids pick out toys, books and art supplies while DJ’s mom helped Erica with bedding, clothing, etc.

Major Wright visits patients at Comer Children’s Hospital

Chicago Bear Major Wright spread some holiday cheer last week surprising kids at Comer Children’s Hospital. The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital is a state-of-the-art children’s hospital. Their team of pediatric experts use advanced diagnostic and medical techniques to care for children of all ages.

In addition to maintaining the second best record in the NHL, members of the Blackhawks have also been doing their part in giving back to the community this holiday season. The Hawks have been busy all month long visiting local hospitals, food pantries, blood drives and the Ronald McDonald House.

The guys’ softer sides (and love of warm, stylish, head gear) is apparent in these well produced videos from BlackhawkTV. Check out Patrick Kane below as he visits with young patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Current HAM of the Week Nick Leddy and Kris Versteeg were on site at the LifeSource Blood Drive to donate blood and thank others for their donations. In exchange for donating blood, fans had the chance to meet players and were entered to win Blackhawks tickets and autographed photos and jerseys.

Earlier in the month the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Housing Authority hosted 400 children to a holiday party at the Museum of Science and Industry.  This was the 14th year that the Bulls have partnered with the Chicago Housing Authority as part of the national NBA Cares program.

Luol Deng & Benny the Bull, Source:

Students that reside in Chicago public housing were in attendance and were selected based on their academic achievements and attendance records and enjoyed lunch and a goody bay provided personally by Luol Deng.

Happy Holidays!

About the author: Monica Murphy Vargas. Co-Founder/Special Contributor. Monica is the Co-Founder of SDI. A Chicago transplant for over 10 years, by way of her native Cleveland, Monica is an avid fan of the Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears, Indians and Buckeyes. A closet Bachelor fan, Monica is addicted to her BOB running stroller, NFL Red Zone, and Viktor Stalberg.  After 10+ years of rewarding gigs at ESPN and Comcast,  Monica launched SDI while spending time with her now 4-year-old twin daughters, Vida and Vivian. Monica is also the Senior Sales Director for Clever Girls Collective, the social media agency that offers content marketing and native advertising at scale across a vetted network of 6500+ female influencers.

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