CHICAGO - Fans who attended the Bulls' Jan. 1 game and donated a new children's coat or $15 or more received a ticket which allowed them to meet Korver and get an autograph.
The Bulls and Kyle Korver teamed up with Operation Warm® to host a coat drive on January 1, 2011 to provide new winter coats for children supported by the Midtown Educational Foundation.
Prior to the tip-off of the Bulls' home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, fans were encouraged to drop off new children's winter coats at any of the United Center admission gates. Monetary donations to Operation Warm in conjunction with the coat drive were also collected at the gates that night. Fans who attended the game and donated a new children's coat or $15 or more received a ticket which allowed them to meet Korver and get an autograph from him after the game.
Operation Warm, Inc. is the nation's largest nonprofit providing new winter coats for children in need. Through its core values of accountability, excellence, integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork, Operation Warm strives to accomplish its vision - every child wearing a new winter coat is healthy, able to attend school regularly, and has strong self-esteem. Since its inception in 1998, more than 725,000 children have received the gift of warmth. For more information about Operation Warm, visit www.operationwarm.org.
The Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) helps youngsters to become better students and better people through after-school and summertime programs that integrate academics with virtues.
The Kyle Korver Foundation began on the streets of Philadelphia working with city kids. Meeting with children in the projects north of center city, it became clear that bleak urban statistics are nameless faceless numbers that do not tell the whole story. The Kyle Korver foundation believes that a grassroots individualistic approach is the way to enact change. One child, one family, one class, one school, one neighborhood, one city. For more information, visit www.kylekorverfoundation.com.