CHICAGO (WLS) -- Former veterans and professional athletes came together on Wednesday as part of Merging Vets + Players (MVP), an organization started in 2015 by NFL analyst and MMA announcer Jay Glazer.
MVP partnered with Bellator MMA and Paramount Network to host a training and mentoring event at POW! Gym Chicago for combat veterans and former athletes to participate in a series of physical and mental challenges.
Former Bears head coach John Fox and former tight end Zach Miller attended the pop-up program and showed their support from the sidelines as former Bears center Olin Kreutz joined veterans in the physical challenges.
Following several rounds of MMA-style boxing, the group then gathered around in a circle to discuss personal experiences and challenges.
The program aims to help participants with expired contracts transition into civilian life alongside a new team and "find a new purpose," said retired MMA fighter Randy Couture.
Merging Vets + Players currently holds weekly training sessions in Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV, but program organizers are looking to expand to more locations.
Former Bears coach, tight end attend event supporting veterans