Former Chicago Bear Jason McKie shaking hands with Tyshion Gordon, 9 of beach Park at the Beach Park Bears youth football registration. | Mark Ukena~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 16, 2013 1:15AM
The Beach Park Bears are no longer flying solo in Lake County in terms of membership in the North West Youth Football League.
The NWYFL has expanded to eight teams for the 2013 season as the Lake Zurich Flames have joined. The Flames were long-associated with The Chicagoland Youth Football League, which is the league all the programs based near Beach Park (Zion, Waukegan, Gurnee, etc.) are associated with.
Besides Lake Zurich and Beach Park, the other six teams are Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Palatine, Elk Grove, and Streamwood.
Currently, the Beach Park Bears are accepting online registration for the 2013 football/cheerleading season. The program basically is for boys/girls who will be in grade school next year.
Last Saturday, the Bears held registration at Beach Park Middle School, which is where the team will play its games this fall.
On hand were former Chicago Bears players Adrian Peterson and Jason McKie, who were registering boys for their one-day AllPro Football Camp. It will be held on June 22 at Beach Park Middle School (Green Bay Road), and is open to all players age 7-14. You do not have to play for the Beach Park team in order to attend camp. Cost is $70.
To register for the camp or sign up for the Beach Park program, see Web site www.beachparkbears.org.