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Rose and Gibson honor Chicago's MVPsat Black History Month celebration

Bulls recognize achievements of local African American male CPS students

February 26, 2010 -- The Chicago Bulls, Sprite and Chicago Public Schools teamed up on February 25 to celebrate the academic achievements of 50 African American male students attending local public high schools with the “Sprite Chicago MVPs Program.”

This year, the partners also honored 25 Junior MVPs from the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club on the city’s west side.

Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson hosted a recognition ceremony at Chicago Bulls College Prep to award the group of students chosen as Chicago’s MVPs and Junior MVPs.

Students applied online at Bulls.com and were judged based on their academic accomplishments, community service and an essay.

Bob Love, Dickey Simpkins and Benny the Bull were also on hand for the night’s festivities which included remarks and a question and answer session.

As a special treat, the Bulls invited all 50 MVPs and 25 Junior MVPs to their home game on March 1 versus the Atlanta Hawks to reward the students for their accomplishments.

The average GPA for the students honored as Chicago’s MVPs was 3.72 with a total of 4,026 community service hours in the last 18 months