Recently the Chicago Bulls partnered with Sprite to celebrate Black History Month with the Sprite MVP Program, designed to recognize 25 African American young men who are doing great things in the Chicagoland community. St. Rita High School senior, Anthony Sanders, has been named a Chicago Bulls Sprite MVP. Sanders, a captain on the bowling team and member of the French club and games club, qualified for the award by boasting a 4.18 GPA. Another criterion for this honor is that each nominee must perform “active” community service which Sanders is no stranger to.
Anthony takes time after school to tutor students in his community in both math and science. He is a regular at the PADDS Homeless Shelter where he visits once a month to feed the hungry in many different Chicago communities. He also serves as a volunteer for the Hot Chocolate Run Foundation which holds events in downtown Chicago for multiple charities.
Sanders and the other award recipients will be honored at a special luncheon hosted by the Chicago Bulls on February 26th. To go along with the award, each student will be getting VIP access for player autographs and a stadium tour while receiving a ticket to the game that night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sanders, a loyal Bulls fan, is excited about the honor but recognizes more the importance of what the award stands for. “It felt pretty good to win an award that celebrates my heritage,” Sanders stated. “Everyone said hard work at school would pay off and this is the proof. St. Rita is a great school with great tradition and I am proud to add to that history.”
Sanders hopes to attend the University of Missouri or the University of Illinois in the fall. When asked which Chicago Bull he most hopes to meet, he said with a smile “Joakim Noah”.