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Bulls center Joakim Noah named the CDW/IBM Community Player of the Year

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April 13, 2011 – The Chicago Bulls announced today Joakim Noah has been named the CDW/IBM Community Player of the Year. CDW will present Noah with the award during a pre-game ceremony at the Wednesday, April 13th game vs. the New Jersey Nets.

This season, Noah participated in the Chicago Bulls/Verizon Wireless Charity Golf Open, made a personal donation to the holiday food drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository and hosted a rally to deliver much needed school supplies to students at Lathrop Elementary School. Noah delivered the donated school supplies and visited with the students to discuss the importance of education. Additionally, to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Noah invited about a dozen local children to join him in the Bulls’ locker room for a pizza party and to watch the team’s matinee victory over the Memphis Grizzlies that day.

Noah also does community work through his charity foundation, Noah’s Arc Foundation (NAF). The foundation’s mission is to empower youth through the means of sports and arts. Noah’s Arc Foundation helps children develop confidence and a stronger sense of self through a powerful combination of the physicality and discipline of sports and the emotional open mindedness of art.

This summer in Queens, New York, Noah hosted the Second Annual Stickman Classic Basketball Tournament. Funded by NAF, the tournament provided 360 children from nearby public housing complexes an opportunity to play basketball while developing artistic skills through complementary courses in ceramics and other disciplines. All art instruction was provided by Noah’s mother, Cecilia Rodhe.

The Bulls join CDW in saluting Joakim Noah as this year’s recipient of the Community Player of the Year award.

CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare. Ranked No. 41 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies, CDW features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company's technology specialists offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers can assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions. CDW was founded in 1984 and employs approximately 6,150 coworkers. In the twelve months trailing June 30, 2010, the company generated sales of $8.1 billion. For more information, visit CDW.com.

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