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Celebrating Black History Month

  • Bulls Read To Achieve 2002.03

    February 27, 2003 -- The Chicago Bulls and Fifth Third Bank continued their Read To Achieve program today by celebrating Black History Month with over 60 children at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club in Chicago. Corie Blount, Rick Brunson and Eddy Curry assisted the children with homework assignments that focused on black history and helped them recite the African-American Pledge.

    The Bulls’ participation was part of an all-day event at the Boys and Girls Club that hosted over 200 children ages 8-18 from Chicago’s west side. To conclude the program, students performed skits, read poems and gave presentations to honor historical figures that have influenced the course of black history in America.

    Rick Brunson
    Corie Blount
    Eddy Curry
    The Bulls and Fifth Third Bank launched the second season of the Read To Achieve program in October, 2002 with the goal to inspire literacy by encouraging families and adults to read regularly with young children. The league-wide National Basketball Association initiative has been in operation by all 29 teams since the fall of 2001.

    As part of their year-long Read To Achieve program, the Bulls host frequent reading events for local children, build a reading and learning center in the Chicago area, distribute 5,000 books locally, host a book drive and coordinate a spelling bee for Chicagoland students. As part of the program, the Bulls have enlisted the support of a 25-member All-Star Reading Team including players and their relatives, Chicago dignitaries, local media members and Bulls and NBA representatives. Fifth Third Bank is the official sponsor of the 2002-03 literacy program.

    Members of the Bulls 2002-03 All-Star Reading Team include Bulls players Marcus Fizer, Fred Hoiberg, Roger Mason, Jr., Jalen Rose and Jay Williams; Fifth Third Bank representative Bob Lapinski; Bulls representatives John Paxson, Bob Love, Bill Wennington, Tom Dore, Althea Williams, Marsha Mason-Wonsley and Carol Hoiberg; local dignitaries Mayor Richard M. Daley, Mary Dempsey, Arne Duncan and Stedman Graham; NBA referee James Capers; and media members Eric Ferguson, Kathy Hart, Cortney Hicks, Dan Roan, Robin Robinson, Jim Rose and Tony Sculfield.