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Detroit Free Press: Detroit Pistons’ Arn Tellem, wife donate $139K to Jalen Rose’s school to aid online learning

July 27, 2020 | Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Latest News Philanthropy

Thanks to a large contribution from Detroit Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem and his wife, Nancy, a local school will receive brand new laptops entering the fall semester. 
The Tellem family donated $139,000 to the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, the school announced Thursday. The money will be used to purchase a new laptop computer for every student, as the academy prepares for a school year that’ll be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Detroit Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem speaks at the new sports medicine center in the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center, Sept. 18, 2019 in Detroit.
Detroit Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem speaks at the new sports medicine center in the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center, Sept. 18, 2019 in Detroit. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

According to a news release, the school will transition to a hybrid of online and face-to-face learning this school year. 
”Many of our families lacked the devices and internet connectivity that were needed for online instruction after the state ordered school buildings closed to prevent the spread …

The Detroit News: Pistons’ Arn Tellem, wife Nancy buy 400 laptops for Jalen Rose Academy students

| Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Latest News Philanthropy

Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem is helping to bridge the digital divide for students at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit.
Tellem and wife Nancy are donating $139,000 to the school to ensure that every student at the school will have a new laptop computer for the coming school year. That donation is expected to impact more than 400 students. In the midst of the pandemic, school districts are moving to all-virtual or hybrid models of learning for at least the fall semester, making having a computer is becoming more important than ever.

Arn TellemArn Tellem (Photo: John T. Greilick, The Detroit News)

The school, founded by Detroit native and former Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose, will begin its 10th year in the fall. The Tellem family’s donation continues the relationship between the Pistons, team owner Tom Gores and JRLA.

“Many of our families lacked the devices and internet connectivity that were needed for online instruction after the state ordered school buildings closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Rose said in a statement. “What …

UM Alumni Magazine: Fab Academy

April 23, 2020 | Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Latest News Philanthropy

By Steve Friess — Jalen Rose was frustrated. When he began his career in philanthropy in the early 2000s, the former U-M basketball legend and then-NBA pro plunged his own money into a namesake program that granted $10,000 college scholarships to qualified underprivileged students from his native Detroit.
But after eight years, he had managed to award only 38 scholarships, spending $380,000 without making the broader impact he envisioned. “I found myself reaching out to Detroit high schools, trying to get administrators on the phone, begging them to take my scholarship money so that I could give their students an opportunity to go to college,” Rose, x’94, says. “I realized there was a systemic problem.
“If he was going to make a more substantial difference for more students, he’d have to do something bigger, more dramatic. So, in the fall of 2011, he plunged hundreds of thousands of dollars—the exact figure has never been disclosed—into an open-enrollment charter high school on Detroit’s economically challenged northwest side. The focus: preparing students for their post-graduation lives. To date, some 450 graduates, who at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) are called “scholars,” …