The Chicago Bulls and Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) celebrated a new milestone in their partnership today with the Bulls donating the James R. Jordan Club.
The James R. Jordan Club is one of eight facilities operated by BGCC that offers youth development programs focused on key areas, including academic success, healthy lifestyles and leadership. The Bulls built the 41,000-square-foot building, which opened in 1996, to honor Michael Jordan’s late father, James R. Jordan. Today, hundreds of members visit the club each week to participate in literacy programs, college and career readiness programs, sports leagues and many more enriching activities.
“This generous donation from the Chicago Bulls is critical and meaningful to our organization. As a long-time supporter and committed partner of our mission, the gift of this facility reinforces the Bulls’ commitment to the community and our shared values and An unwavering commitment to purpose. Together we are creating a brighter future and leaving a lasting legacy of positive change for Chicago’s children and youth.” – Michael Crowley, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago .
In addition to being a space for youth development, the club also serves as a practical facility for all Bulls recreational teams. Bulls entertainers often volunteer at the club, offering pro bono dance lessons and other programs to youth.
“The Chicago Bulls are committed to giving back to the community and supporting organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago that create safe places for Chicago’s youth to learn and grow,” said Chicago Bulls President and CEO Michael Reinsdorf. Bulls. “We are grateful for our long-term partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and will cheer them on in their exciting next chapter.”
Founded in 1902, BGCC serves youth ages 5 to 18+ at 24 locations in the Chicago area during after-school hours. These clubs are more than just extracurricular activities. The BGCC also serves as a safe space amid the stresses of urban violence and poverty, consistent with the Bulls’ off-field mission. Through education, community investment, health and wellness, and access to opportunity, Bulls is committed to preventing violence in the community and finds its 27-year partnership with BGCC to be a pillar of this commitment.
For more information about the James R. Jordan Club or the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, visit www.bgcc.org.