Morton School of Excellence receives new fitness center courtesy of the Chicago Bulls.

March 08, 2010


Photo courtesy of the Chicago Bulls


Students exercising during their after-school fitness program at Morton School of Excellence may feel like they are working out with the Chicago Bulls, even though they haven’t left their school.


That’s because Morton School of Excellence celebrated the opening of its new fitness center last week. And the theme of the gym is centered on our hometown NBA team, the Chicago Bulls.


To celebrate the center’s opening, Chicago Bulls players stopped by the school to show students how to use the new equipment. Derek Rose (a former CPS student), Joakim Noah as well as several other Bulls players visited students during Morton’s after-school fitness program. The NBA stars showed students how to use their new equipment, including elliptical machines, treadmills, Wii’s, stationary bicycles and other exercise machines.


Last year, the Bulls charity organization received $1.475 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is designed to help enhance physical education programs within CPS and help students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to adopt and maintain a physically active and healthy lifestyle.


The center is one of six that is being funded and equipped by CharitaBulls, with the assistance of other local partners, at six schools this year: Ryerson Community School, Lawrence Elementary School, Oglesby Elementary School, Orozco Community Academy and Whistler Elementary School. EnergizaBulls fitness centers are expected to be built and equipped at 25 schools over the next few years.


Learn more about Morton School of Excellence, 431 N. Troy St.



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