Bulls' Forman, Butler and Lucas host Mercy Home Hoops to Homework NBA-style draft
Photos courtesy of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
January 27, 2012 – Bulls General Manager Gar Forman, along with players Jimmy Butler and John Lucas III, hosted the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls Hoops to Homework NBA-style draft on Thursday night in Mercy Home’s Noha Gymnasium.
Now entering its 22nd season, Hoops to Homework is an annual, weekend basketball tournament that encourages young men living at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls to keep up with their studies. Each young person's participation in weekly games is based on maintaining a strong academic standing.
The season tipped off Thursday with a multi-round draft. Volunteer coaches selected players for eight teams, each named after a college or professional basketball team. Forman, Butler and Lucas helped lead the draft and offer advice to the coaches on picking their players. The Bulls personalities were also be joined by Forman’s wife, Leslie, and team mascot Benny the Bull.
At the conclusion of the draft, a banner listing the members of the previous year's championship team was raised and permanently mounted on the wall of the gym.
Throughout the winter and spring, tournament games are played every Saturday morning at Mercy Home's West Side Boys campus. Players are teamed with fellow youth, former residents, volunteers and staff members in a series of fun, tournament-style games. The program encourages the youth to excel academically while also promoting teamwork, sportsmanship and a healthy sense of competition.
ABOUT MERCY HOME FOR BOYS & GIRLS
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. It’s full-time residential, referral, aftercare and community-based mentoring programs provide life-saving services to more than 600 troubled and hurting young women and men every year.
Mercy Home gives children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty and even abandonment the opportunity to rebuild their lives and the encouragement to realize their dreams. It provides therapeutic, academic and vocational help so that children can grow into healthy, successful adults.
Mercy Home raises most of its operating funds through private sources and operates on two campuses in Chicago-a home for boys at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. and a home for girls at 11600 S. Longwood Dr. For more information, visit www.mercyhome.org.