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Bulls expand partnership with Advocate Health Care

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The Chicago Bulls announced an expanded agreement Wednesday with Advocate Health Care of Downers Grove. The agreement will last several years and because of it, the Bulls’ new training facility will be named the Advocate Center.

“Advocate Health Care is an incredible partner of the Chicago Bulls. Advocate’s leadership team is strong, creative, and committed to quality, and they have built an organization that embodies the characteristics we look for in long-term sponsor relationships,” said Michael Reinsdorf, Chicago Bulls President & Chief Operating Officer.

The Advocate Center will open before the 2014-15 season. It will be located on South Wood Street between Monroe and Madison Streets, across from the United Center.

“The Chicago Bulls have been a great partner to Advocate over the last two years and we are looking forward to advancing our partnership,” said Jim Skogsbergh, Advocate President & Chief Executive Officer. “We applaud the efforts of the Chicago Bulls Charities over the last 30 years and their focus on youth education, health and wellness and violence prevention and we look forward to working more closely together to improve our communities.”

Using the new facility will make it easier for players to move back and forth between training, fitness, nutrition and therapy areas. The relocation will improve convenience and quality of life for the players as well.

The Bulls and Advocate Health Care will continue to pair up on various programs, which includes ‘Safety Together.’ This program helps educate young people in schools about the importance of cleanliness and washing their hands. Both Scottie Pippen and Benny the Bull help out with the ‘Safety Together’ program.

“Advocate shares the Bulls’ passions for athletics, health and wellness, and the communities in which we live and work. As we enter the third year of our partnership and this exciting new chapter, the Bulls look forward to finding more ways to come together with Advocate to make a difference in the City of Chicago.”

The Bulls have been using the Sheri L. Berto Center in Deerfield as their practice facility since 1992. They intend to sell that facility.

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