The student, parents, faculty and staff of McPherson Elementary (4728 N. Wolcott) welcomed Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, Ald. Gene Schulter, Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson and Chicago Bulls staff to celebrate the opening of the EnergizaBulls fitness center Tuesday. The state-of-the-art fitness center is part of an ongoing program by the Chicago Bulls to help teach students the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.
The EnegizaBulls program is supported by a $1.475 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, awarded to the Chicago Bulls in an effort to help curb the rising obesity rates among young children. The McPherson fitness center is the tenth facility built by the Chicago Bulls organization at Chicago area public schools, with plans for a total of 15 by the end of the the 2011-12 school year.