Bulls to honor service men and women on Veterans Day
November 9, 2012 -- The Chicago Bulls have planned a number of Veterans Day activities at the team’s upcoming games to honor our country’s service men and women.
As part of "NBA Cares Hoops for Troops", Bulls players will join with a number of other teams around the league in wearing special NBA Veterans Day apparel for the November 10 and 12 games. The special apparel items include adidas shooting shirts, headbands, and wristbands.
The team will also have a variety of pregame and in-game activities on Monday, November 12, to recognize and thank service members, including:
• Active military and veterans will be attending the game with tickets donated by the team, Bulls season ticket holders, and sponsors
• “Thank a Vet” stations will be located between Gates 6 and 7 on the 100 level concourse and throughout the 300 level concourse. Fans can visit the stations to thank men and women from the Wounded Warrior Project® for their service
• Several veterans, led by members of the Stampede Drumline, will be presented with Bulls jerseys and get to stand on the United Center court during the singing of the National Anthem
• A local veteran will serve as the “Vet of the Game” and will participate in the Captains’ Meeting at center court prior to the game
• Recognition messages, tribute videos, and messages from Bulls players will run on the scoreboard throughout the game
Prior to Monday night’s game, the Bulls will have participated in several November events honoring military members.
On Monday afternoon, Bulls Ambassador Sidney Green will join United Center staff, stars from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, USO families, and children from the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club to assemble holiday care packages to send to troops serving overseas.
On November 5, the Bulls teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project® to honor more than 30 local heroes and their families at the “Stars and Strikes” event at Pinstripes bowling alley in Northbrook. Bulls representatives including John and Carolyn Paxson, Gar and Leslie Forman, Nancy Reinsdorf, Randy Brown, Bill Wennington, Chuck Swirsky, Sidney Green, Bob Love and Benny the Bull joined members of the Chicago Bears to have dinner, bowl and spend time with the service members and their families.
During the team’s November 8 game, the Bulls partnered with BMO Harris Bank to recognize father and son U.S. Army veterans Edward and Jerry Pasierb for their military accomplishments and service through the bank's "Military Moments" program. After taking part in the “Honorary Captains meeting” with referees and team captains for the Bulls and Thunder, the veterans were featured on the United Center scoreboard and participated in the singing of the National Anthem.