James R. Jordan Boys & Girls Club and Chicago Bulls Family Life Center

2102 W. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Riding toward Responsibility

November 13, 2012 05:48 AM
Winning Club members get new bikes from Driehaus Capital Management
James R. Jordan Club did something fun with Driehaus Capital Management to take doing homework from "Ugh!" to "Ahhh!"
To help get kids off to the right start when school began in August, the Club held a contest to promote positive academic behavior.  "Boys & Girls Clubs' Power Hour homework program is a cornerstone activity here at the Jordan Club with all members participating daily for one hour between the hours 3-4 p.m.," said Wanda Noyes, program director.  "We wanted to do something unique to help establish responsible and scholarly behavior from the beginning and were fortunate to find a partner who was looking to do something to help young people in our community."
Driehaus Capital Management, a local investment firm, was challenged to create a a charity bike event. Jordan Club and Driehaus Capital Management determined that the bikes would be an incentive for members to consistently complete their homework daily, maintain good attendance and exemplify good citizenship.  For many kids at the Club, this would be their first bike.
Recently, three Club members were awarded brand new assembled bicycles, adorned with their names. The members were surprised and very appreciative.  Hopefully, this will be their first of many rides toward success.