Lost Boys

Luol Deng with the Lost BoysAn important cause dear to Luol’s heart is looking after Chicago area Lost Boys, Sudanese orphans who escaped their war-torn nation on foot and eventually settled in America.

Besides providing tickets to numerous Bulls home games, each year, Deng also hosts a massive Thanksgiving Dinner and takes Chicago’s Lost Boys on a fun Christmas shopping spree.

 

To find out more about the Lost Boys amazing journey of bravery and perseverance please visit www.lostboyschicago.com

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deng2_110103January 4, 2011 – Luol Deng, a native of Sudan, hosted the Lost Boys of Sudan sixth annual “Hope for Sudan Celebration” at Truman College on Sunday.

Deng led a day of festivities to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the Sudanese Independence Day. The event also served as a celebration for the Lost Boys birthdays. Immigration paperwork marks January 1, as the birthday for all of the Sudanese boys. Additionally, the event raised awareness about the Southern Sudan Referendum scheduled for January 9.

The festivities included guest speakers such as Deng and also a variety of performances from Sudanese musicians. The Bulls would like to thank Hinckley Springs, Vienna Beef, Connie’s Pizza and Edy’s® Ice Cream for donating lunch for everyone attending the event.

The Lost Boys of Sudan are a group of Sudanese boys who saw their parents killed and villages burned as a civil war engulfed Sudan during the 1980s. The boys walked on a journey that lasted about 3 months in search of safety. Over half were killed or captured. After 14 years in refugee camps, their plight came to the attention of the U.S. State Department and beginning in 2001 many of them were resettled in the United States. Over 125 live among us in the Chicago area.

The Chicago Association for the Lost Boys of Sudan (CALBOS) was formed in 2002 for the purpose of providing mentoring, medical help, emergency assistance, employment counseling and educational support to the Lost Boys of Sudan living in Chicago. For more information, please visit sudanesecommunitycenter.org. or lostboyschicago.com.

January 5, 2009 – Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng hosted the Lost Boys of Sudan “Hope for Sudan Celebration” on Sunday at Truman College.Lost Boys of Sudan “Hope for Sudan Celebration” on Sunday at Truman College

Deng, a native of South Sudan, led a day of festivities to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the Sudanese Independence Day. It was also a celebration for the Lost Boys birthdays. Immigration paperwork marks January 1 as the birthday for all of the Sudanese boys.

The festivities included guest speakers such as Deng and fellow Sudanese native and United States Olympian Lopez Lomong. Additionally, there was a variety of performances from Sudanese musicians.

For more information, please visit sudanesecommunitycenter.org or lostboyschicago.com

January 7, 2008 – Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng hosted the Lost Boys of Sudan “Hope for Sudan Celebration” on Sunday at Truman College in Chicago.

http://www.luoldeng.org/news_0clip_image018.pngDeng, a native of South Sudan, led a day of festivities to celebrate the third anniversary of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the Lost Boys birthdays. Immigration paperwork marks January 1 as the birthday for all of the Sudanese boys.

The festivities included guest speakers such as Deng and fellow Sudanese native Manute Bol. Additionally, there was a variety of performances from the Sudanese Women Dance Group, the Sudanese Children Show, the SEDC Team (Lost Boys Musicians) and other traditional dance troupes.

The celebration culminated with a basketball game between two Lost Boys chapters – Chicago Windy City Simba versus the Kansas City Lost Boys.

The Bulls partnered with Hinckley Springs, Edy’s and Vienna Beef to provide lunch and dessert for those participating in the celebration.

The Lost Boys of Sudan are a group of Sudanese boys who saw their parents killed and villages burned as a civil war engulfed Sudan during the 1980s. The boys walked on a journey that lasted about 3 months in search of safety. Over half were killed or captured. After 14 years in refugee camps, their plight came to the attention of the U.S. State Department and beginning in 2001 many of them were resettled in the United States. Over 125 live among us in the Chicago area.

These young men are currently pursuing their educations while maintaining a strong sense of community and working to support themselves. They are dedicated to helping rebuild their homes and villages.

The Chicago Association for the Lost Boys of Sudan (CALBOS) was formed in 2002 for the purpose of providing mentoring, medical help, emergency assistance, employment counseling and educational support to the Lost Boys of Sudan living in Chicago.

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Luol Deng treated the Lost Boys of Chicago with a trip to the United Centre to watch a Chicago Bulls games. They were treated to the full NBA experience being able to set foot on the United Centre arena floor as well as meet Luol and his team mates after the game.