Gar Forman and Ken Williams participate in classroom discussion with local high school students
January 25, 2013 -- Bulls General Manager Gar Forman and White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams made a special visit to Hyde Park High School on Tuesday to support the Bulls and White Sox’s partnership with Youth Guidance’s B.A.M. (Becoming A Man™) – Sports Edition program. Forman and Williams joined twelve 16 – 18 year old male students to participate in a closed classroom discussion session where they engaged in open dialogue with the young men about what the B.A.M core value of self-determination means to them on both a personal and professional level. After the discussion, the students presented Forman and Williams with B.A.M. t-shirts to celebrate their visit.
The Bulls and White Sox have joined with Youth Guidance as part of the teams’ shared commitment to anti-violence initiatives among Chicago’s youth. Since the partnership began in early 2012, the teams have arranged for guest speakers to address B.A.M. youth groups, offered mentoring opportunities, hosted B.A.M. participants at games, provided arena and ballpark tours, and organized career presentations. Players, coaches and ambassadors from both teams also recorded video messages about the B.A.M. core values that are used in discussion sessions and other programming.
Youth Guidance’s B.A.M. (Becoming A Man™) – Sports Edition is a school-based counseling/mentoring, violence prevention and educational enrichment program that promotes social-emotional and behavioral competencies in at-risk male youth. Currently, the program serves 500 students in 16 Chicago Public Schools. B.A.M – Sports Edition’s curriculum addresses six core values: integrity, accountability, self-determination, positive anger expression, visionary goal-setting and respect for women, as each value relates to personal and academic success.