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CharitaBulls donates $1 million to help create Salvation Army Kroc Center

Scottie Pippen and Michael Reinsdorf were on hand for groundbreaking ceremony

October 6, 2010 – CharitaBulls, the Chicago Bulls philanthropic organization, announced today it will donate $1 million to the Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division to help build the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in the West Pullman neighborhood. The Kroc Center is the largest single investment ever made by a social service organization in the city of Chicago.

Local families, state and city elected officials, donors and major Chicago civic leaders – such as Bulls President Michael Reinsdorf, Bulls legend and Good Will Ambassador Scottie Pippen, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Richard M. Daley – are scheduled to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kroc Center on Thursday, October 7 at 1250 W. 119th St. at 9:30 a.m. in Chicago.

The Chicago Bulls and CharitaBulls are proud to be a partner in the development of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corp Community Center. The new Center will offer the largest array of educational, sports, arts and supportive programs anywhere in the city under one roof and provide a safe haven for youth sorely in need of the recreational, creative and educational alternatives to gangs and violence that the Kroc Center will offer.

Projected to open in the spring of 2012, the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Center’s programs will encompass three main areas and state-of-the-art recreational facilities will include fully equipped gymnasiums, an aquatic center, a water park, running tracks, tennis courts, a golf training area and a fitness center.

The Family Life and Education Center will offer an array of classes and educational workshops for people of all ages, including job training, GED preparation, computer literacy, financial planning, parenting and nutrition. As a result of a diversity of programs, people of all ages will be drawn to the facility, making the Kroc Center a unique destination for the entire family. The Family Life and Education Center will also offer after-school programs for children. The Kroc Center’s Academy of the Arts will include a performing arts center; an outdoor amphitheater; a media center with recording video production studios; as well as studios for instrument, vocal and art instruction.

In 1987, the Bulls founded a non-profit organization to aid in our civic tasks, especially where children are concerned. CharitaBulls was formed with the mission to enhance the lives of Chicago’s youth by actively creating and supporting educational, recreational and social programs. By fundraising through special events, raffles and corporate and personal donations, we have been able to multiply our financial resources and provide a wealth of support to children and young adults throughout the Chicagoland area.

Over the years, CharitaBulls has contributed tens of millions of dollars for a variety of worthy causes in the Chicagoland area. In 2008, CharitaBulls donated $2 million to create Chicago Bulls College Prep (CBCP), a Noble Street Charter School located near the United Center that is dedicated to providing world-class education for all Chicago students. Chicago Bulls College Prep will serve approximately 1,000 Chicago students in grades 9–12 when it reaches full capacity during the 2012–2013 school year.