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Dundee-Crown’s Vito Andriola recognized by Bears

Dundee-Crown's ViAndriolwas named Chicago Bears Coach Week. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media

Dundee-Crown's Vito Andriola was named Chicago Bears Coach of the Week. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 6, 2012 11:45PM

Vito Andriola of Dundee-Crown High School was named the Chicago Bears High School “Coach of the Week” for Week 2.

Andriola led his team to a 27-7 victory over Streamwood on Friday, which improved the Chargers’ record to 2-0 on the season. The week prior, Andriola and the Chargers snapped a 26-game losing streak that dated back to week one of the 2009 season with a 54-12 win over Elgin.

Andriola will be invited to the Bears vs. Seahawks game on Dec. 2 and will be recognized during an on-field ceremony. He will also receive a framed certificate and attend a Bears practice and “chalk-talk” with head coach Lovie Smith and other 2012 “Coach of the Week” honorees.

The Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week” program is in its 17th season. The program honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players’ football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline and teamwork abilities. Other criteria considered include unique coaching methodology, community and off-field components, school and community support, volunteerism and, most importantly, contributions to players’ long-term success on and off the field.

The program will run for nine weeks from Aug. 27 through Oct. 22. Deserving high school coaches are nominated by a panel of local prep authorities and the winning “Coach of the Week” is selected each week. The Chicago Bears will make a $1,500 contribution to the football program at each winning coach’s school.

Since the program’s inception, the Bears have donated over $210,000 to Illinois high schools in support of their football programs.

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