As Adam Alonso, CEO of BUILD Chicago, stood out on the turf at Soldier Field during halftime of the frigid Bears-Bills game last Saturday, he made sure to stop, look around and soak in the moment.
Alonso, who joined BUILD in March 2015, was receiving the first-ever Inspire Change Changemaker Award from the Bears, a new league-wide initiative to recognize individuals creating a difference in their communities.
“It was a momentous occasion for me,” Alonso said on earning the honor. “I don’t like to sort of be celebrated in that way, but I had to tell myself like just take it in. Here you are on the field and in front of everyone and I don’t know if everyone was paying attention, but my staff was behind me. I heard them yelling. That’s exciting. It’s humbling and I’m just grateful for the opportunity and excited for our work to continue on. So I’m super grateful and appreciative and I’m just thankful for this opportunity.”
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