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Bulls/Sox Academy names new president

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  • Xan Pearson

    Xan Pearson

  • Former White Sox slugger Jim Thome conducts a hitting clinic late last month at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle.

      Former White Sox slugger Jim Thome conducts a hitting clinic late last month at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle.
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By Pete Kelly
Bulls/Sox academy

A veteran administrator at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle, Xan Pearson, has been named president of the academy.

In her new role, Pearson will be responsible for leading all academy business operations, including marketing, programming, administration, operations and business development.

She started at the academy in 2007 as director of corporate partnerships and was promoted three years ago to vice president of marketing.

Pearson "brings a wealth of experience in corporate finance, marketing, sales and consulting to this new role," said Tim Buzard, senior vice president administration with Chicago White Sox and chief executive officer of the Bulls/Sox Academy. "Xan has also focused on her staff's development by challenging them while supporting their growth as employees. All these skills will serve her well as president of the Bulls/Sox Academy."

"Having worked for the Bulls/Sox Academy for almost seven years, I've seen firsthand the volume of talent and passion that exists at the academy," Pearson said. "Our brand, our product and our staff are second to none.

"I'm honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead this mission of building self-esteem through sport and activity, addressing the childhood obesity epidemic, and developing a love of the games."

The Bulls/Sox Academy is owned and operated by the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox. The academy runs extensive training programs in basketball, baseball, fastpitch softball and sports conditioning for boys and girls from beginner to professional. There are additional academy locations in Glen Ellyn and LaGrange.

For details on the academy, visit or call (630) 324-8221.

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