2003: NBA Community Assist Award
June 24, 2008
November 3, 2003 – Jalen Rose is the recipient of the NBA Community
Assist Award for the month of August. During his nine seasons in the
NBA, Jalen has worked to make a difference in the community of each
city in which he has played as well as his hometown of Detroit, MI.
In August, Jalen hosted the Jalen Rose Foundation Celebrity Weekend in
an effort to raise funds and awareness for various charities such as
Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, The Greater
Chicago Food Depository, Special Olympics Illinois and The Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation. Among the events was an empowerment
seminar for 400 local teenagers that addressed various issues including
education, teen violence, careers and cultural diversity. Jalen also
hosted a charity basketball game at the United Center, to which he
personally distributed more than 2,000 free tickets to children at
local schools and youth clubs on Chicago’s west side.
"I really believe that with my success comes responsibility," Jalen
said. "I have more than I ever expected, but true success will be
demonstrated in how I help others."
The goals of the Jalen Rose Foundation include assisting deserving
children in achieving their primary education and college goals. The
foundation provides funding for programs that support single-parent
families, works with community kitchens to provide meals to individuals
and families in need and supports non-profit organizations that assist
deserving children in achieving their educational goals. In addition to
the Jalen Rose Foundation, Jalen established the Jalen Rose Chicago
Children’s Foundation to aid children living in Chicago who have lost a
parent. He established the foundation after the E2 nightclub tragedy by
making an initial donation of $25,000.
At every Chicago Bulls home game of the 2002-03 season, Jalen sponsored
his own section for a local non-profit group at the United Center. Each
fan seated in the "Rose Garden" received a ticket to the game, a
t-shirt and an opportunity to meet Jalen before the game. Throughout
the season, Rose donated nearly 1,000 tickets to local children.
During a recent visit to his alma mater, Detroit Southwest High School,
Jalen announced the recipients of the Jalen Rose Foundation
Scholarship. Jalen donated five $10,000 scholarships to high school
seniors planning on attending college in the fall of 2003 in an effort
to give back to his hometown community. Scholarship recipients were
based on academics, extra-curricular activities, letters of
recommendation and an essay explaining the student’s college goals.
Jalen joins the Dallas Mavericks’ Antawn Jamison (July), Minnesota
Timberwolves’ Troy Hudson, Ervin Johnson and Mark Madsen, Phoenix Suns’
Shawn Marion and Los Angeles Clippers’ Cherokee Parks (June);
Washington Wizards’ Jerry Stackhouse (May); New York Knicks’ Allan
Houston (April); Orlando Magic’s Darrell Armstrong (March); Sacramento
Kings’ Chris Webber (February); San Antonio Spurs’ Malik Rose
(January); Detroit Pistons’? Michael Curry (December); Dallas
Mavericks’ Michael Finley (November); and Philadelphia 76ers’ Todd
MacCulloch (October) in the Community Assist Award winners’ circle for
the 2002-03 NBA season.
As the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award, Jalen will receive
the David Robinson Plaque, with the inscription "Following the standard
set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by
piece." On March 23rd, NBA Commissioner David Stern presented San
Antonio Spurs center David Robinson with an honorary plaque and
announced that all future winners of the NBA Community Assist Award
would receive the David Robinson Plaque.
The NBA Community Assist Award is given out monthly by the league to
recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the
NBA player who reflects the passion that the league and its players
have for their communities. All 29 NBA teams are able to nominate a
player for the award each month.
The NBA, its teams and players are committed to programs that improve
the quality of life for all people and has created and implemented
programs that address important social issues, with a special emphasis
on reading and online literacy initiatives for children. The NBA and
its 29 teams make a difference in North America through the Read to
Achieve Program, donations to charities and the implementation of
community outreach initiatives, and through the production and airing
of public service announcements.
Jalen, accompanied by his mother, accepted the award on November 3rd,
prior to taking on the Houston Rockets. NBA Goodwill Ambassador, Bob
Lanier, made a special visit to Chicago to present the award and
congratulate Jalen on all of his accomplishments in the community.