March proved to be an empowering month for students thanks to the Chicago Bulls! As valued Youth Guidance supporters for the past five years, the Bulls demonstrated their commitment throughout the month through a series of engaging visits and special events for students.
The team hosted its third community basketball tournament with BAM, the NBA and the Chicago Police Department. Participants also took part in BAM circles discussing personal values and ways to build more trusting and harmonious relationships between youth and law enforcement.
The Bulls also invited a different group of students to every Bulls home game in March. Players visited schools and took part in group sessions. Some of those stops included Chicago Bulls players Denzel Valentine and Bobby Portis (along with Mayor Emanuel and 6th Ward Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer) at Parker Community Academy, and Jimmy Butler at Kelvyn Park High School.
As partners, the Bulls have arranged for guest speakers for student groups, offered mentoring opportunities, provided game tickets and arena tours, and organized career presentations. The team also awarded Youth Guidance with financial grants through the Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and has donated $25,000 in program support, after winning ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year award in 2015.
Our heartfelt thanks to the Chicago Bulls for their steadfast commitment to our mission and our youth!