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Bulls unveil new EnergizaBulls Fitness Learning Center

Bulls use $1.475 million grant to create fitness centers in local schools

November 10, 2010 – On Tuesday, Scottie Pippen, Taj Gibson and Sidney Green officially unveiled the newest EnergizaBulls Fitness Learning Center.

The new fitness center is located at McPherson Elementary School (4728 N. Wolcott) on the city’s north side.

In 2009, the Bulls’ charity organization CharitaBulls was awarded approximately $1.475 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help enhance physical education programs within Chicago Public Schools.

With the grant money and additional funding and support from companies such as Direct Fitness Solutions and HOPSports, the Bulls are creating 25 EnergizaBulls Fitness Centers in Chicago Public Schools by the 2011-12 school year.

The EnergizaBulls Fitness Learning Centers are permanent, sustainable wellness health centers located within the schools building. The goal of the fitness centers is to help children develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to adopt and maintain a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Each fitness center will have Bulls colors, photos and branding throughout the rooms.

To celebrate the opening, the Bulls personalities will help the students utilize all their new equipment including elliptical machines, stair steppers, Xbox Kinects, stationary bicycles and other top-of-the-line exercise equipment.

Through this collaboration, the Bulls and Chicago Public Schools will develop programs that get children moving in a fun and interactive way. Additionally, the school will track student’s daily activity, monitor their progress and help them reach the recommended level of activity.

Eleven other Chicago Public Schools who have received fitness centers in 2010 include Ryerson Community School, Lawrence Elementary School, Oglesby Elementary School, Orozco Community Academy, Whistler Elementary School, Kellman Elementary School, Gregory Elementary School, Brown Elementary School, Columbia Explorer’s Academy and Higgins Elementary School.

The Chicago Bulls are committed to help students make healthier lifestyle decisions and address the national childhood obesity epidemic. It was recently reported that Illinois has the fourth highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation.

Since 2007, the Bulls have been doing their part to help combat childhood obesity in Chicago’s youth through HOPSports an innovative program that promotes healthy nutritional habits and fitness exercises via a unique interactive multi-media platform.

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