Matt Forte Donates Grant to his Alma Mater

Thanks to USA Football, Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forte will donate a $1,000 equipment grant to the football program at his former high school, Slidell High School (La.).

The Chicago Bears drafted Forte out of Tulane in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.  Seven seasons later, Forte ranks second among running backs in team history in seven categories: yards rushing, 100-yard rushing games, receptions, receiving yards by a running back, yards from scrimmage, average scrimmage yards per game, and games with 150 yards from scrimmage.  He trails only the late Hall of Famer, Walter Payton.

In December of 2014, Forte, along with 25 other players, was named to USA Football’s All-Fundamentals Team.  The USA Football All-Fundamentals Team honors players who apply proper football techniques, such as blocking and tackling, that help root safer play and better performance on the field.

As a USA Football All-Fundamentals Team honoree, Forte receives an equipment grant from USA Football to donate to a youth organizationMatt Forte
or high school program of his choice.  USA Football is the sport’s national governing body and the youth football development partner of the Chicago Bears and the NFL.  It trains more youth and high school football coaches than any other organization in the United States.  In 2014, more than 5,000 youth leagues and 700 high schools participated in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program, assisting almost one million athletes.  USA Football’s Heads Up Football program teaches safe football techniques, such as tackling with your head up, to youth football organizations.

 Additionally, Forte is involved in multiple charity organizations in Chicago.  In March, Forte attended an event hosted by Oscar winning artist, Common, to benefit his ‘Common Ground Foundation’.  Forte will also team up with Chicago Bulls’ center, Joakim Noah, in motivation to impact Chicago’s youth.

Get Involved:  To donate to the Matt Forte Foundation’s Fundraiser, visit

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