For the second time this season, after hosting a skills clinic with TransUnion in February, the Bulls upped the ante for this year’s playoffs. On hand was the Bulls DJ, members of the Incredibulls cheer squad, and The Chicago Bucket Boys drum corps, who performed between games. Also on hand was former player turned Bulls special advisor, Toni Kukoc, who shot around and socialized with the kids.
Nick Robison, one of the SwishHouse coaches who help facilitate basketball clinics during the Hoops to Homework season, also pitched in to give our players the professional treatment. Robinson, who works for Gatorade, had Gatorade Gx bottles – similar to the ones used by the pros – made for each team. The bottles corresponded with team colors – Red, Blue, Black, Green – and each youth received a personalized bottle with his name on the lid.
The undefeated Blue Team faced off against the Red Team in the first game of the night’s twin bill. The Red Team fell behind in the first half, but came back to force a dramatic double overtime, much to the delight of the crowd. The Blue Team, however, pulled ahead and eked out a 44 – 39 victory.