Gov. Pat Quinn names Chicago Bulls great as senior advisor for youth outreach

Gov. Pat Quinn named former Chicago Bulls point Guard B.J. Armstrong as senior advisor for youth outreach. The announcement was made on Oct. 24 at the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club and Chicago Bulls Family Life Center on Chicago’s west side.

“I am proud to team up with B.J. Armstrong, who is a great role model for our youth because he’s a winner on the basketball court and in the all-important game of life,” Quinn said. “In his new role, B.J. Armstrong will continue to guide and assist young people in Chicago and throughout our state.”

By naming Armstrong to this position, Quinn is making another move in stressing the importance of anti-violence programs for youths and the positive influence such efforts have on the community.

In this honorary and unpaid position, Armstrong will advise the governor on youth sports and programs related to curtailing obesity, promoting sportsmanship and civic engagement and strengthening community support for youth. He will also work on projects dealing specifically with children and youth after-school programs.

“Young people who are subject to violence and crime need strong support from their community and family to stay healthy and safe,” said Armstrong. “I thank Gov. Quinn for appointing me to this position, which allows me to positively impact our youth.”