Bulls’ Lucas donates basketball shoes to children from Mercy Home’s Hoops to Homework program
Photos courtesy of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
June 20, 2012 -- Bulls guard John Lucas III visited Mercy Home for Boys & Girls on Tuesday evening to donate new basketball shoes he purchased for more than 70 young men who successfully participated in Mercy Home’s Hoops to Homework program.
Beginning at 6 p.m., Lucas was on hand to distribute basketball shoes, speak to the kids about the importance of education, and tour the Home, including its new outdoor basketball court. Lucas is making good on a promise he made to boys participating in Mercy Home’s 22nd annual Hoops to Homework basketball tournament this past winter and spring. He said that he would buy shoes for all the kids that kept up with their studies and participated in the tournament.
Mercy Home’s Hoops to Homework program encourages good sportsmanship and teamwork, while stressing the importance of working hard in school. Each young person's participation in weekly games is based on maintaining a strong academic standing.
In January, Lucas, along with Gar Forman and Jimmy Butler, helped tip-off this year’s tournament at the annual Hoops to Homework NBA-style draft. The championship game was held at DePaul University on May 29.
ABOUT MERCY HOME FOR BOYS & GIRLS:
Now celebrating its 125th anniversary and led by Fr. Scott Donahue, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. Its residential, aftercare, and mentoring programs provide a safe home, emotional healing, education, and life-changing opportunities for more than 600 young people every year. For more information, visit www.mercyhome.org.