As you all know, I’m a huge Chicago Bulls Fan. One of the things that I love most about being a fan of such a great basketball team is knowing that the players themselves take time to have their own foundations or even help out in the community that supports them in their games. I did some research and just wanted to shed some light on the things that the Chicago Bulls take part in. One of the things that most moved me was their participation with the Violence Prevention Program. The Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox sat down with young boys in the Youth Guidance’s B.A.M and talked to them about what happens in the streets of Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune, the crime rate in Chicago in the month of December 2013 was 1,771 violent crimes, 7,121 property crimes and 5,190 quality of life crimes. Chicago is a wonderful place, but obviously has it’s share of crimes, and a lot of them occur within younger aged adults. The players sat down and asked these kids if they feel safe walking the streets to get to school and you can tell by their reactions that they do not feel safe. Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman for the Bulls and White Sox says, “Our goal as a partner is to the shine a light on organizations like Youth Guidance and to encourage young people who are looking for support to reach out to them and others in the community that are addressing the issue of violence.” Part of the program consists of mentoring opportunities, tours of the arena and both ballparks, even presentations to show what careers are out there for these kids. Michelle Morrison, the Youth Guidance’s CEO says, “We share the hope of the Bulls and White Sox that kids who see these powerful videos will be inspired to engage in constructive conversations that will allow them to move from feeling powerless to realizing their own power and ability to bring about positive change in their lives as well as the lives of others in their communities.” I think that the program is an excellent idea to help their young community. What better way to show them that they have opportunities than by talking to some of their idols/role models. Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler sat down with a group of young buys and asked them questions about their daily lives and how they feel growing up in Chicago. This is just one single project that the Chicago Bulls have supported, there are numerous charities, organizations, and foundations that the Chicago Bulls support. They know that they are role models for these kids and have humbly given back to the city of Chicago, which is another reason why I’m such a huge fan. To learn more about Youth Guidance and their organization, click here.
To see more about the Chicago Bulls and their help in the local communities, click here.