Chicago Bulls in the Community
The Chicago Bulls have a strong history of giving back to the community by contributing time, materials, resources and financial donations to organizations that share the team’s commitment to youth education, youth health and wellness, violence prevention and military support. Chicago Bulls Charities, our team charity, along with the team’s Community Relations Department and entire basketball family work to address community concerns and find ways for the Bulls to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need.
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Bulls in the Community newsletter
Our Bulls in the Community newsletter, sent on a quarterly basis, will keep you up to date with our community events, player appearances, Chicago Bulls Charities efforts, and much more.
We have a responsibility to give back to the city and the people that, day in and day out, do so much to support our team. Our players and staff are always out in the community – in our schools, our hospitals and our neighborhoods – building bridges between the Bulls and the fantastic people of our great city, and we look forward to sharing these experiences with you through this newsletter.
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The Chicago Bulls frequently work with community organizations and corporate partners to organize events that support our core values of youth education, health and wellness, and violence prevention. Learn more about some of our recent events below.
The Chicago Bulls welcomed all Kia Educators of the Month from the 2014-15 season to the United Center for the team’s final regular season game to enjoy a special evening of VIP treatment, including a center court photo and pregame dinner.
Pau Gasol welcomed Sierra Josephsen, a three-time cancer survivor, to the United Center as his Bulls hosted the Detroit Pistons. Josephsen and her family were at the game as part of a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital initiative.
Pau Gasol, Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks were joined by members of the Bulls Entertainment Network, Bulls Radio’s Chuck Swirsky and team ambassador Sidney Green as nearly 75 families celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at Chicago's Ronald McDonald House with a special dinner, games, photo booth and face painter, among other green-themed activities.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has received the February NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his outstanding efforts to empower youth and take a stand against violence, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities.
Staff and students from Major Adams Community Committee and Youth Guidance’s B.A.M. (Becoming a Man) program were treated to a VIP kind of evening as the Bulls and Magellan Corporation teamed up to host Violence Prevention Night at the United Center on Tuesday.
Bulls rookie forward Doug McDermott lives and breathes basketball. With a coach for a father, he’s been around the game literally his entire life. But McDermott knows there is more to life than basketball. So following practice on Monday afternoon, McDermott made his way to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge where he and Benny the Bull visited patients and their families.
Presented by BMO Harris Bank, the event was emceed by Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini from ABC 7’s Windy City LIVE! and featured a performance by comedian Gary Owen. For the first time, it was held at the Advocate Center, the team’s new practice facility across the street from the United Center.
The Chicago Bulls on Wednesday welcomed a group from the Navy which included three candidates for the Chief of Naval Personnel/Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Sailor of the Year award.
Sprite MVP program honors 24 African American high schoolers for academic achievements and a commitment to their community
Taj Gibson and Benny the Bull went to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn on February 11 to spend the afternoon with patients and their families. Taj and Benny visited with patients, signing autographs, taking photos and shooting baskets.
With the help of the Chicago Bulls and Make-A-Wish Foundation, a young fan got to meet and spend some time with his idol, Derrick Rose.
Members of the Bulls organization were on hand as Chicago’s Mercy Home tipped off its 24th annual “Hoops for Homework” program.
The Chicago Bulls celebrated their annual “Youth Health & Wellness Night” at their game vs. the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, January 22. The Bulls recognized their community partners that focus on programming promoting a healthy lifestyle. Youth Health & Wellness Night also coincided with the Bulls’ participation in NBA FIT Live Healthy Week.
On Tuesday afternoon, Aaron Brooks and teammate Tony Snell were on hand as the Bulls and BMO Harris Bank celebrated the recent selection of McCutcheon Elementary School as their "Adopt-a-School" partner for the current school year.
One in six people in Cook County turn to the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s network. “Most people don’t know that I think that’s kind of a sobering and surprising number for a lot of people,” said Paul Morello, public relations manager for the GCFD. “The food drive hosted by the Bulls is a critical component in helping raise awareness.”
In his fourth professional season, Jimmy Butler has shown he has what it takes to be a star in the NBA. On Sunday, Butler proved he can be a star off the court as well. Following the team’s practice, he made his way to the Museum of Science and Industry, where he teamed up with the Bulls and Chicago Housing Authority to provide 400 students with holiday gifts. This year, the event was presented by Google Express.
The holidays are meant to be a joyous time when people take a break from their normal routines to be with family or close friends. The reality, however, is that not everyone is able to enjoy the holidays and oftentimes that is due to financial hardships. Taj Gibson can relate and gave back to a family in need for the holidays by purchasing them gifts and enjoying a nice dinner in a downtown Chicago restaurant.
The Chicago Bulls hosted their annual “Youth Education Night” at Friday’s game vs. the Portland Trail Blazers, presented by Dover Corporation. For the second consecutive year, the Bulls recognized the team’s community partners that focus on youth education programming through a number of pre-game and in-game activities.
"Going to the hospital and interacting with the children, bringing them hope and joy and putting a smile on their faces... it’s energizing to me. It’s really rewarding," said Pau Gasol of his recent visit to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
On Dec. 2 at the United Center, 13 Chicagoland nonprofit organizations were on hand to receive Chicago Bulls Charities grants for the 2014-15 season.
“He spent time in Iraq and I was asking him about some of the things that go on there, specifically the IEDs (improvised explosive devices) that you face with roadside stuff,” said Dunleavy of Kludac. “He told me he survived 18 IED attacks, which pretty much blew my mind. Those things seem like they are unsurvivable."
“These people were with me when nobody knew who I was,” recalled Gibson of that first experience. “I sat down at different tables and talked to a lot of the people here about their experiences and the event itself. It was great. They told me a lot of things, told me not to worry about stuff. They were believing in me before I truly believed in myself.”
The Chicago Bulls provide ongoing support to a number of nonprofit organizations, community initiatives, and events.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Chicago Bulls College Prep
Chicago Bulls Go Green Program
Chicago Gateway Green
Chicago Housing Authority Holiday Party
Chicago Wheelchair Bulls
City Year Chicago
EnergizaBulls Fitness Learning Centers
Greater Chicago Food Depository Holiday Food Drive
Kia Educator of the Month
James Jordan Boys & Girls Club and Chicago Bulls Family Life Center
Navy Recruitment Division
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Rush University Health Fair
Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
Shop with a Bull
Sprite Chicago MVPs
Thanksgiving at Pacific Garden Mission
United Center Joint Venture Scholarships
USO Holiday Party
Youth Guidance/Becoming a Man Partnership
Corporate Charity Group Ticket Requests
The Chicago Bulls, through the generosity of a number of our corporate sponsors, are pleased to be able to provide game tickets to local charities throughout the season. If you are affiliated with a registered, 501c3 organization and would like to be considered for a ticket donation, please complete the request form. ** A limited number of tickets are available for each home game, so we appreciate your understanding that only one request per organization will be reviewed each season.
HOW TO SUPPORT CHICAGO BULLS CHARITIES
To fund the numerous programs Chicago Bulls Charities supports, we rely on contributions from our corporate partners, individuals and the following annual fundraising events and programs.
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