Quinn Drafts B.J. Armstrong

Former Chicago Bull will lead kids sports program

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    B.J. Armstrong, point guard for the Chicago Bulls, was appointed senior adviser for youth outreach by Gov. Pat Quinn.

    B.J. Armstrong is about to become a whole new kind of point guard...for kids across the state.

    The former Chicago Bull was appointed senior adviser for youth outreach by Gov. Pat Quinn Saturday.

    The unpaid job is designed to help the governor and state reduce obesity, promote sportsmanship and strengthen community support for youth sports and programs.

    “In his new role, B.J. Armstrong will continue to guide and assist young people in Chicago and throughout our state,” Quinn said. “It is essential that we continue to support programs that strengthen communities and provide our children with healthy alternatives to risky behavior.”

    Armstrong was a key member of the Bulls teams that dominated the NBA in the 1990s. Until late in the 1996-1997 season, he had played 577 consecutive games. Armstrong has three NBA championship rings.

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