After School Matters Teens from Across Chicago Convene for a Spoken Word Performance at “Speak Life” Regional Showcase
August 11, 2015
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The Chicago Bulls have been helping After School Matters make a difference in the lives of Chicago teens since our beginnings. In addition to supplying a 2016 grant through the Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, the Bulls have shared their time, talent and treasure with After School Matters teens in many ways during the past year. Read about how Jimmy Butler mentored teens, Chicago Bulls Charities honored After School Matters, and Dwyane Wade gave an Austin family a home makeover.
During the summer, the After School Matters Crossover basketball program (Humboldt Park) held an intra-program tournament, and the Chicago Bulls supplied a special guest referee — Jimmy Butler. Butler took time to sit with the program and share advice with more than 30 teens. Learn more about the experience in the below moving video by the Bulls.
Then in September, the Bulls invited two Crossover teens, TJ and Terrance, to participate in an interview about the tournament and how they spent time with an NBA star. Read the teens’ thoughts in this article in SPLASH. Afterwards, the two teens went to a Bulls game at the United Center and enjoyed post-game access to the Bulls locker room to meet the team.
Chicago Bulls Charities recognized After School Matters as one of their community partners at their 2016 Gala, “An Evening with the Chicago Bulls.” As part of their continued commitment to Chicago’s youth, Chicago Bulls Charities invited two After School Matters teens to attend the gala. The teens were treated to VIP access from their new friend, Jimmy Butler.
In December, Dwyane Wade, The RoomPlace, and the Chicago Bulls teamed up to give the family of an After School Matters teen a home makeover. Mya M., 15, lives in the Austin community with her mom, siblings, aunt and grandma. She’s been in our Creative Writing program at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts for this past year. The family came home to a surprise visit from Wade, who, along with the Chicago Bulls, The RoomPlace, and The Wade’s World Foundation, provided the family with new furniture and holiday gifts.
Learn more in this WGN video.