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ESPN and the Bulls team-up to renovate local high school

The Bulls, through their EnergizaBulls Fitness program, have partnered with ESPN and RISE UP to help create a permanent, sustainable wellness center located at Walter H. Dyett High School


August 26, 2011 – ESPN’s new original series RISE UP will be telling the story of four communities coming together to renovate their local high school’s athletic facilities. The four-episode, one-hour series will showcase renovation projects from start to finish, from the rejuvenation of the space to the final big reveal.

ESPN and the Bulls team-up to renovate local high school

Chicago’s Walter H. Dyett High School (555 East 51st Street) is one of the schools highlighted in the series and that episode will air on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. CT on ESPN. RISE UP is hosted by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman and mechanical engineer and television personality Deanne Bell.

Inspired by ESPN High School’s mission to engage and elevate high school athletes through recognition, resources, information, and inspiration, the series chronicles the renovation of a different school each week. Each episode will follow as community members come together to refurbish the one thing that ties an entire town together – the local high school athletic program. RISE UP will spend time with the students and coaches in each community, uncovering the challenges facing high school athletes today, and working with professional athletes, coaches, and trainers to help motivate and inspire them to reach even greater goals.

The Chicago Bulls, through their EnergizaBulls Fitness program, have partnered with ESPN and RISE UP to help create a permanent, sustainable wellness center located within the high school building. The goal of the fitness center is to help students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to adopt and maintain a physically active and healthy lifestyle. The fitness center will feature Bulls colors and design throughout the room. The Chicago Bulls have provided more than $50,000 worth of equipment and programming towards the project.

As part of the program, John Paxson, Gar Forman and Scottie Pippen will host the boys and girls basketball team for a visit at the Berto Center on Sunday, August 28. The students will be treated to a tour of the facility and a brief basketball clinic conducted by Pippen.

With Illinois having one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the nation, the Chicago Bulls are committed to helping students make healthier lifestyle decisions and address the national childhood obesity epidemic.