Bulls commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 25, 2013 – The Chicago Bulls organization honored the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday by participating in a service project and paying tribute to the civil rights leader at the team’s game that evening.
Volunteers from the Bulls front office, including Michael and Nancy Reinsdorf and Leslie Forman, joined City Year Chicago on Monday morning to help beautify Jean De Lafayette Elementary School in the Humboldt Park community. City Year Chicago had nearly 200 staff and corps members working with an expected 600 volunteers from organizations across the city to paint the school’s interior walls, create murals and assist with other light construction work to enhance the learning environment for Lafayette Elementary students. City Year Chicago has organized MLK Day service activities since 1994, and more than 2,500 City Year volunteers at locations across the United States will be participating in a day of service to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Bulls also honored Dr. King during their game on Monday night versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Prior to tip-off, Taj Gibson addressed fans from center court and spoke about the importance of the holiday. Throughout the game, videos were played on the scoreboard featuring comments about Martin Luther King, Jr. from a number of players. Additionally, the team donated tickets to the game to members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boys & Girls Club on Chicago’s west side.