Paint the Town week of service: Oct. 14-21

The Chicago Bulls started the 2013-14 season with a week of service dedicated to the team's community. The Bulls held a community event each day during the week of October 14, teaming up with local partners to build excitement for the upcoming season and support the team’s charitable focus areas of youth education, health and wellness and violence prevention.

Chicago Bulls President and COO Michael Reinsdorf, Chicago Bulls Charities President Nancy Reinsdorf and Chicago Bulls Charities Vice President Leslie Forman joined Bulls Ambassadors Bob Love and Sidney Green, Bulls entertainers and front office staff at community activities throughout the week.

“The Bulls are thrilled to begin our season with a week of fun and exciting events that will serve our community,” said Michael Reinsdorf. “We are proud to partner with nonprofit organizations throughout Chicagoland year-round, and we look forward to teaming up with them throughout the week.”

Activities included:

Monday, October 14: NBA Cares Event at Mercy Home
Bulls/Sox Academy staff led a basketball clinic with kids from Mercy Home. Chicago Bulls Charities Vice President Leslie Forman was also on hand at Mercy Home, a children’s charity dedicated to providing a solution for at-risk children in Chicago.

Tuesday, October 15: Chicago Bulls Charities Teen Lounge Opening at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Bulls leadership, along with Scottie and Larsa Pippen, joined staff and children from Lurie Children’s for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Chicago Bulls Charities Teen Lounge. Featuring a unique design developed by the Bulls’ Creative Services team, along with hospital staff and the Lurie Children’s Kids Advisory Board, the lounge will provide teenage patients with a place to relax and take a break from their treatment. Some of the updates include a unique wall feature donated by Mr. Floor, a Smart Board, red storage lockers, and special Chicago Bulls memorabilia throughout.

Wednesday, October 16: Chicago Ideas Week Lab
The Bulls welcomed 25 local students to the United Center for a career discussion as part of Chicago Ideas Week’s lab experiences. Chicago Ideas Week brings together hundreds of the world’s brightest thought leaders to inspire, connect and activate the city of Chicago and beyond. Their lab events offer participants a behind-the-scenes look at local businesses and organizations.

Thursday, October 17: 2013 Chicago Bulls Holiday Food Drive Tip-Off
To tip off the 2013 Food Drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Chicago Bulls held a pep-rally style event at the school that won last year’s drive, Phillip Murray Elementary Language Academy in Hyde Park. Each year, the Bulls team up with local elementary schools, Midway Moving and Storage and Vienna Beef for the holiday food drive. Last year, more than 35,000 pounds of food were collected.

Friday, October 18: Youth Guidance at the United Center
The Chicago Bulls welcomed students from Youth Guidance’s B.A.M. (Becoming A Man™) – Sports Edition for an exciting night at the United Center as they watched the Bulls play a preseason game against the Indiana Pacers. Youth Guidance’s B.A.M. program is a school-based counseling/mentoring, violence prevention and educational enrichment program that promotes social-emotional and behavioral competencies in at-risk male youth.

 Youth Guidance at the United Center


Monday, October 21: “Paint the Town” Night at the United Center
“Paint the Town” concluded with the Bulls hosting 100 members of their partner organizations that support education, health and wellness, violence prevention and our armed forces at our preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls welcomed fans from After-School All-Stars, Gilda’s Club, Youth Guidance and the USO.

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