Chance the rapper is one of the most popular artists in hip hop right now, and he has recently been making headlines for more than his music. The 23-year-old West Chatham native announced in March that he would be donating $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools following a “frustrating” meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. On top of the $1 million donation to the school system, he also pledged to kick in an extra $10,000 for every $100,000 raised by outside sources. Chance took to the mic in a press conference at Wescott Elementary in Chicago on March 6th to speak his mind about the meeting with the governor and the state of public schools in Chicago. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions,” Chance said in the press conference.
Since the press conference, Chance has garnered the attention of many prominent names in Chicago, and he has also added a donation page to his website for anyone to help in his efforts of improving his hometown’s school system. Most of the attention and backing he has received has been from other rappers, Chicago born athletes, and prominent businessmen. That all changed this week when the Chicago Bulls stepped forward and pledged to match Chance’s donation of $1 million. On top of that $1 million from the Bulls, Chance announced he would be donating an additional $10,000 to 12 schools in the school system through his new initiative, The New Chance Fund.
Chance announced the collaboration with the bulls at Robeson High School in Englewood. He showed up touting a giant check for $1 million and handed it to the students while saying, “As a parent, and a proud CPS graduate, I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences and quality in the learning space.”
The Bulls franchise has a separate entity, Chicago Bulls Charities, that places a heavy emphasis on improving Chicago’s education system. “After hearing Chance’s passion for the project and dedication to supporting Chicago students, it was an easy decision for the Bulls to lend our support,” said Bills spokeswoman Susan Goodenow.
Chance feels it is his job to give back to the school system he came up in so he can give Chicago’s youth a better chance at a bright future. “We all individually play roles in the betterment of the kids of Chicago,” Chance said. So far he has donated to 22 schools, and he plans to continue donating to more in the coming months.