Bulls in the Community: Developing a Presence
The Chicago Bulls provide ongoing support to a number of nonprofit organizations, community initiatives, and events. See below for more information on some of our signature partnerships.
Adopt-A-School | Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago | Bright Pink | Chicago Bulls College Prep | Chicago Gateway Green | Chicago Bulls Go Green Program | 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 | Wish-Granting Organizations | Wounded Warriors | Youth Guidance/Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) Partnership
Each year, we team up with BMO Harris Bank to support one local K-8th grade Chicago Public School system with our Adopt-A-School program. The chosen school receives tickets to select Bulls games, school appearances by Bulls personalities, tours of the United Center, and a school improvement project.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
The Bulls have an ongoing relationship with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, a state-of-the-art hospital located in downtown Chicago on the campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Bulls players and staff have come to Lurie to visit with patients and their families, and we are partnering with the hospital to renovate and redecorate the recently-renamed Chicago Bulls Charities Teen Lounge.
The Bulls have an ongoing relationship with Bright Pink, a Chicago-based organization whose mission focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high-risk individuals. In celebration of International Women’s Day 2013, the Bulls joined with corporate sponsors Hub 51, Paris Club, and RPM Italian to celebrate Bright Pink, and we used a variety of pre-game and in-game elements to help raise awareness and generate funds to support Bright Pink’s mission.
Since its opening in 2009, Chicago Bulls College Prep (CBCP), a campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, has provided a world-class education to local high school students throughout Chicago. CBCP students participate in a rigorous, four-year college preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on scholarship, self-discipline, honorable character, and a fit lifestyle. The school serves more than 1,000 students in grades nine through twelve.
Chicago Gateway Green
We annually participate in Chicago Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership program by cleaning up and maintaining a section of the Kennedy Expressway near the United Center marked by a sign at the Milwaukee Avenue exit ramp.
Chicago Bulls Go Green Program
In conjunction with NBA Green Week, we host an in-arena Go Green night to promote environmental awareness. Along with our partner Constellation Energy, we also participate in a community greening project to help beautify our neighborhood.
To help lift spirits during the holiday season, we partner with the Chicago Housing Authority to host their annual Kids Holiday Party. This season, the event was held at the Museum of Science and Industry and included Bulls celebrities, tours of the museum, lunch and gifts for the more than 400 kids in attendance.
Chicago Wheelchair Bulls
The Chicago Wheelchair Bulls program provides an outlet for wheelchair-restricted people to challenge and advance their basketball skills in games against other teams on a national and international level. The team competes at our home games, numerous charity events and has sent representatives to the NBA’s All-Star Weekend Wheelchair Basketball Game.
City Year Chicago
Throughout the season, we partner with City Year Chicago, a volunteer corps organization that provides critically needed services to some of Chicago’s most underserved youth. City Year corps members support public education through school-based service and community transformation, focusing on improving students’ attendance, behavior, and course performance. As part of our commemoration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in 2013, Bulls front office volunteers joined City Year Chicago to paint murals to help beautify Jean De Lafayette Elementary School in the Humboldt Park community.
EnergizaBulls Fitness Learning Centers
EnergizaBulls Fitness Learning Centers are permanent, sustainable wellness health centers created to help local children develop the knowledge and skills they need to adopt and maintain a physically active and healthy lifestyle. The centers are decorated with Bulls items and include top-of-the-line fitness equipment. We opened our 20th EnergizaBulls Fitness Learning Center at George Armstrong International Studies Elementary School.
For more than 20 years, we have hosted a food drive at the United Center to help feed Chicago’s hungry. This season, along with Midway Moving and Storage, Vienna Beef and Levy Restaurants, we collected over 35,000 pounds of food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Each month, along with our partner Kia Motors, we honor one Chicago Public School (CPS) Elementary School teacher for their hard work and dedication in the classroom through the "Kia Educator of the Month" program. We are calling on all students, fellow teachers and/or administrators from CPS elementary schools to nominate an educator for this award.
James Jordan Boys & Girls Club and Chicago Bulls Family Life Center
At Michael Jordan’s retirement celebration in 1994, the Chicago Bulls announced their intention to build a new Boys & Girls Club to serve the residents of Chicago’s West Haven community. The facilities opened in 1996, and today more than 1,250 club members attend the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club and Chicago Bulls Family Life Center weekly. Chicago Bulls Charities also regularly donates complimentary game tickets to the children who frequent the club.
Navy Recruitment Division
Each season, we sponsor a Navy Recruit Division from Naval Station Great Lakes in Lake County. The new recruits are sworn in during an on-court ceremony before a game. We are the only NBA team to sponsor a Navy Recruit Division.
Over the past 10 years, the Bulls have partnered with Ronald McDonald House on a number of initiatives, including coordinating player visits to the homes and supporting fundraising through the donation of autographed items. The Bulls have held holiday celebrations with families and are developing a game room for the new Ronald McDonald House near Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. We are proud to partner with the United Center and United Scrap Metal to recycle all the aluminum cans within our office and the arena to raise funds for the Ronald McDonalds Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
Rush University Health Fair
As part of NBA Fit Live Healthy Week, we joined Rush University Medical Center to celebrate their annual Spring into Motion and Fitness Health Fair. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in fitness classes and have access to free health screenings, immunizations, dental and vision assessments, and mental health services. Bulls representatives were on hand to greet participants and pose for photos.
Chicago Bulls Charities donated $1 million to the Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division to help build the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in the West Pullman neighborhood. The 160,000-square-foot Kroc Center offers a wide array of educational, sports, arts and supportive programs and services for people of all ages, and provides a safe haven for youth sorely in need of alternatives to gangs and violence.
Every holiday, we join Dick’s Sporting Goods to treat local children to a shopping spree. The children receive $100 gift cards courtesy of Dick’s and players are on hand to offer shopping tips and help the children pick out shoes, jerseys and other athletic gear for their holiday gifts.
To commemorate Black History Month, we team up with Sprite to celebrate the academic achievements of top African American male students in local public high schools with the Chicago MVPs program. Students apply online and are judged based on their academic accomplishments, community service and an essay. We honor the chosen students at a recognition ceremony with Bulls representatives.
Players, team representatives and front office staff gather together each holiday to serve a Thanksgiving dinner to the men, women and children visiting the Pacific Garden Mission on the city’s west side.
United Center Joint Venture Scholarships
The United Center Joint Venture annually awards $20,000 in scholarships to qualified students attending Malcolm X College, located directly south of the United Center. The United Center Neighborhood Scholarship and the United Center Scholarship are awarded to qualified students through the school’s financial aid office.
To celebrate the holiday season, our players treat local military families and Chicago Housing Authority children to a holiday party including entertainment and gifts at our training facility, the Sheri L. Berto Center.
Throughout the season, we open our home to Make-A-Wish and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer foundations to help make the dreams of critically ill children come true by attending a game or meeting one of our players.
To support our armed forces, we partner with the Wounded Warrior Project® to honor local heroes and their families at their “Stars and Strikes” event each year. Bulls representatives are on hand to have dinner, bowl and spend time with the service members and their families.
As part of the team’s commitment to anti-violence initiatives among Chicago’s youth, we arrange for guest speakers to address Youth Guidance’s B.A.M. (Becoming A Man™) – Sports Edition program youth groups, offer mentoring opportunities, host B.A.M. participants at games, provide arena tours, and organize career presentations. Players, coaches and ambassadors also record video messages about the B.A.M. core values that are used in discussion sessions and other programming.