Derrick and Bulls Players Teach Fundamentals at Annual Kids Clinic!

Tuesday, 03.31.15

As the Bulls opened the doors to the Advocate Center to welcome their partners and their children for the team’s 24th Annual Kids Clinic on Monday, Derrick Rose had a message to those he was instructing.

“Compete or go home,” Rose said with a smile.

Rose was kidding of course, as he worked with the youngsters along with Nazr Mohammed at a station that emphasized dribbling.

“We’re just trying to teach them the game a little and have some fun,” said Rose. “It seems like they’re enjoying it and that’s why we’re here. We’re just showing them another way to find some happiness and live in the moment.”

For Rose, an evening of focusing on the fundamentals with the young athletes took him back to his own childhood.

“For sure,” said Rose, whose son P.J. was among those in attendance. “It’s a pretty mixed group. You may have a 13-year old in one group and a six-year old in another. So we’re just trying to have fun with them and let them know we care. It’s been great getting to know the kids a little, as well as the partners.”

The night began as approximately 280 guests, half of which were children, made their way through a multitude of areas on the practice court, from carnival games to a face painter to photo booths to a balloon artist.

“This is one of the many ways we say thanks to our partners for being a part of the organization,” noted Scott Sonnenberg, Vice President of Corporate Sales for the Bulls. “It really is a highlight. There’s nothing better for a parent than to do something for your kids and this is always an exciting night for us. We’ve got a lot of regulars who absolutely love this event. They look forward to this night each and every year. They love it and we do too.”

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