Often, these articles discuss a singular charitable effort made by an athlete. That just doesn’t fit Jalen Rose’s manner. Though Rose has received numerous awards for his philanthropic endeavors, you get the feeling that those are secondary to the satisfaction he receives from helping others.
When asked why community service was so important, Rose replied “We have different passions based upon what is most important to each of us, what we care about the most. I prayed for the opportunity to play in the NBA and received it…this allowed me the opportunity to give back to my community. Detroit was my hometown and did so much for me, I just wanted the chance to return the favor. The other cities that I played in also embraced me, and I wanted to help them as well.”
As one could gather from above, Rose has a special affinity for his hometown of Detroit. He stated, “I went to high school in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan. I am very happy to give back as much as possible.” In fact, the Jalen Rose Foundation has awarded college scholarships to Detroit high school seniors for eight consecutive years. 38 students have had the opportunity to attend college due to the program. In addition, the Jalen Rose Foundation (now Charitable Fund) has distributed over $1.2 million in education and sports grants since its inception in 2000.
If you would like to make a donation, please send a check payable to the Jalen Rose Charitable Fund and mail to:
The Jalen Rose Charitable Fund
c/o The Comerica Charitable Trust
101 North Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Not satisfied with his current charitable endeavors, Rose composed a first-person, 21-page proposal for a charter school located in Detroit. Out of 22 charter school applications, only 4 received the necessary funding. The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy was one such school. The Academy is designed to provide a college preparatory experience for students who may be lost in a traditional school. The Academy will be comprised of 9th- 12th graders, with the students receiving college exposure through a partnership with the University of Detroit, Mercy. The goals for this school are extremely high: 100% graduation, 95% to college and 90% to graduate from college. When asked about the feasibility of these goals, Rose was realistic yet resolute. “The days of making really good money right after you finish school are over. You need a solid education and that’s the goal of the school. We need to set our standards higher in order to be successful going forward. “
In a time and society where priorities are often reversed, it is uplifting to see these types of efforts. We at backsportspage.com applaud such endeavors, and wish the Academy and Jalen the best of luck.