As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages some industries and over-extends others across the United States, plenty of Bulls players have stepped up to aid those in need.
Ryan Arcidiacono added himself to that legion on Monday afternoon by committing meals to the staffs of Lawndale Christian Health Center and Suder Montessori Magnet School:
Shout out to everyone keeping us safe, healthy and moving forward. I'm committed to doing my part by donating meals to the staff @LawndaleHealth working tirelessly to save lives as well as the teachers and families @SuderMontessori #NBATogether #ActsofCaring— Ryan Arcidiacono (@RyArch15) March 30, 2020
Lawndale Christian is a health organization that strives to provide quality, affordable healthcare services to those in the Lawndale area on the West Side of Chicago and neighboring communities. Suder Montessori serves children from early childhood through eighth grade and is located in West Town.
Arcidiacono commented on the gesture in a recent interview with Sam Smith of Bulls.com. Here's an excerpt:
"Just trying to help out any way I can because I know there are so many people being affected," Arcidiacono said in a telephone interview this week. "My mom is not dealing specifically with the COVID cases, but she's working in the hospital. I have an appreciation and respect for the doctors and nurses who are not getting much sleep and working tirelessly. My friends who are nurses in New York have told me how serious it is and with the lack of supplies.
"Any way I could give back," said Arcidiacono. "Being here in Chicago, I've been reading stories of how tough it is for students from low income families. I feel I need to do my part and give back. I'm so grateful to the people of Chicago and for being able to play for this city. You have to understand you are more than just an athlete on the court."
If you're curious of other ways the Bulls organization and its players are aiding communities, here's an abbreviated list: