Bulls and Country Financial announce Paint the Town week of service

Second consecutive year the Bulls have hosted the preseason initiative

For the second consecutive year, the Bulls began the 2014-15 season with a week dedicated to community service called “Paint the Town.” This year’s event was presented by COUNTRY Financial. Bulls players, ambassadors, broadcasters, front office staff, local community partners and COUNTRY Financial representatives participated in community events.

The week of service, which ran from October 13th-19th, built enthusiasm for the season while supporting the team’s charitable focus on youth education, health and wellness, and violence prevention. Teaming up with COUNTRY Financial for this initiative was a natural fit, as they also embrace a culture of giving back.

Throughout the week of service, nearly 300 students and more than 60 volunteers participated in activities throughout the week. Below are highlights from Paint the Town.

Monday, October 13: Youth Guidance B.A.M. Career Session

The Bulls and COUNTRY Financial tipped off Paint the Town by inviting more than 40 students from Youth Guidance’s Becoming A Man (B.A.M.) program to the United Center for a circle discussion and career session. The students, who came from Julian, Kelvyn Park and Fenger high schools, their mentors/counselors, and Bulls and COUNTRY Financial employees started the day with the program’s “P.I.E.S.” check-in, during which participants go around in a circle expressing how they feel Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally and Spiritually so others can better understand their current situation. The discussion then switched to a career session when students asked Bulls and COUNTRY Financial representatives questions about setting life goals, choosing the right career path and their current jobs.

The day concluded with a luncheon, tour of the United Center and an anti-violence pledge signing with Bulls Radio Analyst, Bill Wennington.

Wednesday, October 15: Brown Elementary School Improvement Project

The Bulls and COUNTRY Financial participated in a school-wide improvement project at Brown Elementary School located in the Near West Side neighborhood. The day began with an all-school pep rally in the school’s gymnasium with volunteers, teachers, students and Bulls Entertainment Network performers, including the Luvabulls, Incredibulls and Benny the Bull. Afterward, students participated in classroom projects to improve the school’s eco-friendly capabilities.

Teachers and volunteers led classroom lessons focused on recycling and different ways to maintain the environment. During the lessons, Bulls players Aaron Brooks, Doug McDermott, Joakim Noah and Tony Snell surprised the students to participate in their greening projects and hand out Bulls goody bags.

Saturday, October 18: Salvation Army Kroc Center Basketball Clinic

The Bulls, COUNTRY Financial and coaches from Bulls/Sox Academy hosted students aged 12-17 for a basketball clinic at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in the city’s Calumet Park neighborhood. The coaches took students through a curriculum focused on all the fundamental basketball skills: shooting, ball handling, defense, free throws and footwork.

Sunday, October 19: “Paint the Town” Night at the United Center

Paint the Town concluded with the Bulls and COUNTRY Financial inviting nearly 100 members from Bulls community partner organizations who participated in events throughout the week and local veterans to the preseason game vs. the Charlotte Hornets. Guests were invited into the arena for early access to watch the players shoot around and took an on-court group photo.

For more information on Paint the Town and the Chicago Bulls’ efforts in the community, please visit Bulls.com/community.

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