Chicago Bears donate to UW-Platteville for storm damages

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (AP) – The Chicago Bears are donating $50,000 to help repair tornado damage at their former practicing grounds at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

The team is expected to present a check to school officials Friday. The Bears held summer training camps at the Platteville campus from 1984 to 2001.

The university was damaged June 16 by a tornado packing winds of up to 120 mph. Three residence halls sustained water damage and displaced roofs, and wind-swept debris smashed dozens of windows.

Two other buildings and the school’s football stadium were also damaged. School officials say they hope the stadium will be repaired before the team’s first home game Sept. 13.

Chancellor Dennis J. Shields encourages people to wear orange and blue Friday, the colors that the school and Bears both wear.

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