Reaching out to the community
When Marc Eversley was hired, he became the first African-American general manager the Chicago Bulls have ever had. As he assumes the role, he recognizes not just the immense amount of responsibility that comes with, but the even greater amount of opportunity it provides him.
A Chicago Sun-Times story from May of 2019 written by Nirmal Mulaikal revealed that in 2017, 45 percent of black men in Chicago ages 20-24 were neither working nor in school. According to the Chicago Police Department, from April 20th-26th the city endured 10 murders and 39 other shooting incidents.
To say that crime in Chicago disproportionately impacts youth — and more specifically youth of color — would be a gross understatement. To further say these same youth could use a role-model in a position of authority who can effectuate meaningful change is about as obvious a statement that can be made.
Well, now they appear to have it in Eversley. In some of his first remarks as Bulls’ general manager, he underscored the power he has in this position and expressed a desire to use it for good. Eversley noted how his position provides him with the resources to “drive change” and that he wanted to use this opportunity to become a role model for the youth of Chicago.
While all fans want to see results on the court, there are clearly more important things in life and it’s clear Eversley understands that. It’s encouraging to hear how eager he is to help a group in grave need of assistance.