Chicago Bears Sign Tanner Gentry as Undrafted Free Agent

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Tanner Gentry

Mark Allen Hanrahan is the managing partner of Markmel Co., LLC, where he sources and manages both real estate and venture capital investments. Outside of his professional life, Mark Allen Hanrahan is a fan of the Chicago Bears football team.

In late April, the Bears signed receiver Tanner Gentry as an undrafted free agent, after the University of Wyoming player was passed over during the NFL draft. Gentry, who expected to get selected in the draft, said it “didn’t work out that way” but that he was “very fortunate to get an opportunity” with the Bears.

Playing for the University of Wyoming Cowboys in the 2016 season, Gentry caught 22 of the 49 deep throws sent his way, the most of any NCAA player for the season. Altogether, Gentry made 72 catches in 2016, totaling 1,326 yards and leading to 14 touchdowns for the Cowboys. He was ranked as 12th-best college player in the nation in regard to receiving yards.

The Bears are no strangers to former Cowboys players, with two already on the roster: Chris Prosinski and Mitch Unrein. Though Gentry also had offers from other teams, he said that after talking it out with his agent, he decided that Chicago was his best option.

YMCA Celebrates 125 Years of Basketball

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For the past 8 years, Mark Allen Hanrahan has served as the managing partner at Markmel Company, LLC, where he helps provide seed funding to startup companies. Outside of his professional endeavors, Mark Allen Hanrahan supports the YMCA.

In late 2016, the YMCA celebrated the 125th anniversary of the first-ever basketball game, which was held in one of its facilities in 1891. A gym instructor at the YMCA Training School, Dr. James Naismith received a request from Luther Gulick, one of the YMCA’s program directors. Gulick wanted Naismith to develop a game that could be played during the winter season to keep local students in good athletic shape and challenge them.

To meet the request, Naismith attached two peach baskets to a raised running track at a YMCA center and created 13 rules. Basketball was born. Since then, notable cultural icons such as Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and others have played basketball at the YMCA. The organization continues to offer youth and adult basketball programs across the country.