Growing up in Chicago can be a great thing, it’s one of the great cities of culture in this country. The hotels are world-class, the restaurants are top notch, and we have some of the best real estate in the world. But we all know nothing is perfect and there are areas where Chicago can definitely get better. One of the areas I care deeply about is the urban community, and the school system, more importantly the children are in desperate need of help. I grew up on the South Side and attended a Chicago Public School so I know some of the challenges first hand. That’s why I am grateful there are people who understand these challenges and are committed to doing all they can to be a part of the solution. One of those people is none other than Chicago Bulls back-up center Nazr Mohammed.
The Chicago native and 16-year NBA veteran will host the 2nd Annual Nazr Mohammed Fundraiser for charity today (Friday, August 9) at Pazzo’s (311 South Wacker Drive). The “evening of elegance” will benefit multiple charitable organizations and projects that support youth advocacy and educational initiatives in underserved urban environments. Mohammed graduated from Hyde Park’s Kenwood Academy in 1995 and after all this time still makes home a priority, and I applaud that. His return to the city he loves (in a Bulls uniform!) can be seen as serendipitous.
“I’m happy to return to the city that raised me and to play in front of my family, friends and great fans of Chicago that have supported me all season long. I especially look forward to what’s most important…giving back to the community,” explains Mohammed upon signing on to the Bulls.
It’s good to have one of our native sons back in the city, not only to help us win a Championship but also to help the neighborhood where he honed his skills. His fundraising efforts don’t stop here though, the Nazr Mohammed Foundation is committed to being a charitable member of the global community through personal donations, fundraisers, camps scholarships and more. If you would like buy tickets ($75 per person) to attend the event, donate to his foundation, or just learn more, head over to www.NazrMohammed.com.