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CBS Detroit News: Jalen Rose Wants To Give Back Through Education

March 19, 2011

DETROIT (WWJ) – A former NBA player out of Detroit is reaching out to underprivileged kids in the motor city to offer them a leg-up on the ladder to a good education.

WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting spoke with former UM and NBA basketball star Jalen Rose about giving back to the children in the Detroit area:

“I want to show them that, not only do I care about them, but I am trying to do what I can to be a vessel to help them unlock their future, to put them in a position for success,” says Rose.

“We’ve helped influence 40 kids via scholarship already and I have an endowment at the University of Michigan,” Rose says.

WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting speaks with Jalen Rose about
his new Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit which will eventually enroll 480 students in grades 9-throuth-12. The school will be operated in partnership with University of Detroit-Mercy to offer students a pre-college experience.

Tuition is free. The academy has received a Michigan Future Schools initiative grant which carries with it the expectation of an 85% graduation, college enrollment and college graduation rate.

Rose says his involvement in the school will be hands-on. He’s not just lending his name to the academy.