Paxson among Bulls on hand to unveil 20th EnergizaBulls Fitness Learning Center

Bulls use $1.425 million grant to create fitness centers in local schools

November 9, 2011 – Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson, along with Bill Wennington, Chuck Swirsky, Neil Funk, Bob Love, Sidney Green, Erik Helland and Benny the Bull, officially unveiled the team’s 20th EnergizaBulls Fitness Learning Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at George Armstrong International Studies Elementary School on Tuesday.

In 2009, the Bulls’ charity organization CharitaBulls was awarded approximately $1.425 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, the Bulls committed to creating EnergizaBulls Fitness Learning Centers in Chicago Public Schools.

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 latest opening, the Bulls personalities helped a group of Armstrong Elementary students utilize all their new equipment including elliptical and weight training machines, Xbox Kinects, stationary bicycles and other top-of-the-line exercise equipment.

The Chicago Bulls are committed to helping students make healthier lifestyle decisions and address the national childhood obesity epidemic. It was recently reported that 1 in 3 Illinois children are considered overweight or obese and the state is currently ranked 10th for childhood obesity rates.