A Message from Chicago Bulls Star Luol Deng

Chicago Bull #9, Luol Deng

Chicago Bulls forward,Luol Deng recently sent the following message to the people of Illinois, however his public appeal holds relevance to people living in Tennessee and throughout the United States. More than 8,000 Sudanese’s immigrants and refugees presently reside in Tennessee and The Sudanese Community and Women’s Center located at 3221 Nolenville Road in Nashville, serves a large portion of the local immigrant community. According to founder and director, Gatlauk Ter Thach, the center is currently in need of volunteers to help teach English in the various language classes offered at the center.

Go here to learn how you can be of assistance to Nashville’s Sudanese Community and Women’s Center.

Betsy Thorpe

Dear Friends,

As a Member of the Board of Directors of the Sudanese Community Association of Illinois, I ask that you support our Sudanese Community Center. The development of this Center had long been a dream of Illinois residents of Sudanese descent.

I am honored to be working with so many skilled professionals, elected officials and civic leaders who helped make our dream a reality.

Our Illinois community comes from every corner of the Sudan. Some community members are “Lost Boys” who walked thousands of miles after their villages were destroyed and their family members killed during Sudan’s civil war. Others have fled the ongoing genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region, where over 300,000 have been killed and over 2 million lives are still at risk.

Regardless of religious, tribal or ethnic background we now share a common goal: to support this center where all Illinois residents of Sudanese descent can learn the skills they need to succeed in the United States, and to preserve our heritage for future generations. Please click here to donate and join us in this exciting effort.


Luol Deng


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