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Inside Philanthropy: Hoop Dreams: An NBA Veteran Talks About His School—and a New Generation of Athlete Givers

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


By  — Motor City native Jalen Rose, 47, had his greatest success in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, making three consecutive Eastern Conference finals, including a trip to the NBA finals in 2000, alongside Reggie Miller. Rose was a member of the legendary University of Michigan “Fab Five,” the first team in NCAA history to compete in the championship game with all-freshmen starters. Fellow Detroit native Chris Webber was also part of this high-flying team.
Since retiring from the NBA in 2007, Rose made a quick transition into broadcasting, working as an analyst for ABC/ESPN, hosting shows including “NBA Countdown,” “Get Up!” and “Jalen & Jacoby.” Rose brings a unique perspective as a former player who’s kept major ties to the NBA, and in our recent conversation, he was keen not only to share his own philanthropic story, but also talked about the next generation of NBA givers.
“A lot of it started at home, seeing the work ethic my mother had, working at Chrysler for more than 20 years, and also my uncles who worked at Ford and GM,” Rose explains to …

Ebony Magazine: [Goal Oriented] Ex-NBA Star Jalen Rose Uses School to Put Students In the Zone

January 17, 2017 | Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Latest News Philanthropy Press

January 2, 2017 – The motto of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is “Enter a learner: Exit a leader.” But this philosophy is something that the Detroit public charter school’s namesake founder feels is necessary for students to come out ready for the world they’ll face.
Since it’s opening in 2011, the JRLA has produced two graduating classes with 100 percent of the 2015 and 2016 graduates accepted into college, military or technical school. The school currently has enrolled more than 400 students from ninth to twelfth grade.
Rose attributes the success of the school to its leadership and college driven initiatives as well as its mission of empowering the students.
“We empower the scholars through character, skills and knowledge so that they can have what it takes to be successful in this competitive world,” he said.
Rose, 43, spent his 13-year career in the NBA as a small forward, shooting guard and point guard, with stints in Denver, Indianapolis, Chicago, Toronto, New York and Phoenix. He’s equally remembered for his years as part of the “Fab Five” at the University of Michigan, playing back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1992 and 1993.
Eventually he moved on to entrepreneurship, authoring

Black Enterprise – Jalenland: For the Ultimate Doer, a Higher Purpose Calls Back Home

November 26, 2013 | Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Latest News Philanthropy Press

The most outspoken member of the Fab 5 is a one-man media conglomerate. It’s because he’s trying to put his city on his back –transforming one mind at a time
By Darren Sands
November 22, 2013 — At 40, he’s a young man by every standard except that of a professional athlete. It’s only through that lens does the week of Nov. 10 make sense for Jalen Rose.
On Nov. 11 he tweeted that it was snowing in Detroit. The next day Mr. Rose did College Gameday at the United Center where four of the top five teams — Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky and Duke — played two riveting, highly watched games. The next morning he hopped on a 7 a.m. flight for an NBA Countdown meeting. On Friday he did the show with Bill Simmons and his good friend Sage Steele. None of that accounts for briefings on what’s happening on the school he founded. Mr. Rose also has a book coming in 2014 and founded Three Tier Entertainment, the production company that produced the Fab 5 documentary with ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.
“Jalen had College Gameday last night …