Another former Chicago pro-athlete will hold a seat on a city board.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel nominated former Chicago Bull BJ Armstrong to the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners this weekend. The seat was recently vacated by Robert (Bob) Pickens, a former Chicago Bear and Park District board member since 2000.
Armstrong is a three-time NBA champion with the Bulls and played 11 years in the NBA with four different teams. He held a position as an analyst for ESPN, served five years in NBA management and is vice president of basketball management for talent agency the Wasserman Media Group.
“With his passion for sports and experience as an executive, BJ Armstrong will make an excellent addition to the Park District Board of Commissioners,” said Emanuel in a statement.
The former Chicago Bull will oversee the new Slam Dunk Project. The program will renovate 100 outdoor basketball courts in 2012, the largest renovation of courts in the history of Chicago.
“I am very excited to be nominated and for the opportunity to take an active role in improving our parks and providing children and families with a great place to stay fit,” said Armstrong in a statement.
The renovations will include resurfacing, sealing and stripping courts. New backboards will be installed along with improving the drainage of courts.
Armstrong will juggle his new position with his continued work as Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose's agent.