I hate that it almost always requires something terrible to show the very best in humanity, but I love that humanity almost always ends up showing its very best. And after billionaire owners, millionaire players, totally unrelated businesses, and even individual citizens have been seen doing everything they can to support their neighbors in this time of need, the United Center is taking the next step.
Check it out:
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 25, 2020
As Illinois goes through this together, the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, is proud to be playing a critical role with our city, state, and federal response to the pandemic. Our arena and outside campus will be transformed into a logistics hub where we will be assisting front line food distribution, first responder staging and the collection of critically needed medical supplies.
On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, our athletes, our front offices, and our dedicated United Center personnel, our thoughts and support are with the people of this great city and state. Together, we will get through this.
In a wonderfully generous – and more importantly, useful – gesture, the United Center is transforming into food distribution, first responder, and medical supply logistics hub. And although it wasn’t in use to begin with, I don’t want you to sleep on how uniquely valuable a building of this size could prove to be. From storage, to coordination, to effectiveness and efficiency, the use of the UC during this pandemic could quite literally save lives.
Every act of kindness and generosity helps. I hope this trend keeps up.