Derrick Rose is up for an ESPY award tonight in Los Angeles, but his Bulls team has already gone home a winner.
The team announced Wednesday that they had been named the inaugural ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, an award that "celebrates and recognizes how members of the sports industry use sports to serve communities and make a positive impact."
According to the team's press release, during the 2014-15 season the Bulls organized more than 100 community events that affected more than 30,000 people. The events were run by more than 1,350 volunteers who dedicated a combined 6,500 hours of their time, and $2.5 million in cash was donated to various nonprofits.
ESPN will present the Bulls a $75,000 grant to Chicago Bulls Charities, which will be distributed between After School Matters, The Salvation Army Kroc Center and Youth Guidance, the Bulls' three community partners in Chicago.
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“The Bulls feel a great sense of responsibility to give back to the city of Chicago and the people who give so much to us. The team’s commitment to helping others has been steadfast for many years, but it has been incredible to watch our work evolve and flourish over the last few years under Michael and Nancy’s leadership, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a press release.
"I am very proud of the terrific job they have done engaging players, coaches, staff, corporate partners and community partners with the goal of helping others. We thank ESPN for this incredible honor and for recognizing the positive impact sports teams can have in a community.”
The Bulls won the award over the MLS' Portland Timbers, the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and WWE Community Relations.