2005: Jalen Aids Children Devastated In Hurricane Katrina
June 24, 2008
October 19, 2005 – Toronto and Detroit – NBA Star Jalen Rose has made a
personal donation of $50,000 to help children devastated by Hurricane
Katrina. Rose is directing the donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters and
The Child Welfare League of America, two leading national organizations
with expert personnel on the ground in the Gulf region. Each charity
will receive $25,000.
Working through The Jalen Rose Foundation at The Giving Back Fund, Rose
is no stranger to philanthropy. Over the past few years he has granted
out almost three quarters of a million dollars to a variety of
important causes including college scholarship programs at his alma
maters Detroit Southwestern High School and the University of Michigan.
Jalen was recently named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the
community’s top philanthropists; he was the only athlete on the list.
Commenting on the importance of philanthropy in his life Jalen stated,
"Although I’ve never experienced a hurricane, I feel blessed to be in a
position where I can help the survivors, especially the kids, who were
devastated by this tragedy."
Rose’s donation will support children in the communities impacted by
Hurricane Katrina as well as provide services to displaced families.
Both CWLA and BBBS have established separate funds benefiting children
in the stricken areas. 100% of all donations will be used for the
"This contribution is yet another example of the caring and compassion
Jalen Rose has demonstrated throughout his career," said Shay Bilchik,
President and CEO of the Child Welfare League of America. "It will
support the services children impacted by the hurricane will need in
the weeks and months to come, including counseling and assistance in
being reunited with family members. It is hard to put a dollar figure
on the good that will be accomplished as a result of this donation,"
Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of
America praised Rose for his philanthropy. "We and the 250,000 children
served by Big Brothers Big Sisters send a warm thank you to Jalen Rose.
What a role model," she said. "Children who have lost their homes and
been evacuated to new towns, new schools, even new states need the help
that a Big Brother or Big Sister can provide. We thank Mr. Rose for
being on the front lines in this second round battle against the
hurricane damage, the damage to our children," Vredenburgh concluded.
More information about the Jalen Rose Foundation is available at www.jalenrosefoundation.org.
About The Jalen Rose Foundation
Toronto Raptors Guard Jalen Rose created The Jalen Rose Foundation with
The Giving Back Fund to show his appreciation for the communities where
he has lived and played basketball.
The Jalen Rose Foundation focuses on three areas of critical importance to Jalen, including:
* providing funding for programs that support single parent families;
* working with community kitchens to provide meals for individuals and families in need; and
* supporting nonprofit organizations that assist deserving children in achieving their primary education and/or college goals.
Grants are distributed in Detroit, Michigan; and Toronto, Canada.
About the Child Welfare League of America
Since 1920, The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) has been the
nation?s pre-eminent membership-based organization dedicated to
ensuring that disadvantaged and vulnerable children are protected from
harm and have the tools and resources they need to grow into the
healthy and happy adults we want them to become. CWLA is the trusted
authority for professionals who work with children and the only
national organization with 900 public and private member agencies
providing unique access and influence in all sectors of the children?s
The American Institute of Philanthropy gives CWLA an A+ grade for its
effectiveness; in 2003, Worth Magazine selected CWLA as one of
America’s Top 100 Charities. For additional information, visit cwla.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brother Big Sisters, founded in 1904, is the oldest, largest and
most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States with
documented positive outcomes for youth who are Little Brothers and
Sisters. In 2004, the organization served some 225,000 youth, ages six
through 18, in 5,000 communities across the country in one-to-one
relationships. Forbes magazine has placed Big Brothers Big Sisters on
its Gold-Star list of the top 10 charities for its excellence in
efficiency and effectiveness. For additional information about the
organization and how to be part of the goal of providing one million
youth with Big Brothers and Big Sisters by the year 2010, visit
Players Aiding Relief Efforts Receive September Community Assist Award
NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2005 – The combined relief efforts of the NBA family,
which includes individual players, the National Basketball Players
Association and Women’s National Basketball Players Association,
individual owners, teams and both the NBA and WNBA league offices, has
exceeded $10 million. On behalf of their efforts, the NBA is
recognizing all our players for the September NBA Community Assist
NBA players have already contributed millions of dollars and have
assisted in collecting and delivering supplies, food and clothing to
benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The NBA and WNBA are
making a commitment of $2 million to humanitarian organizations to aid
victims of Hurricane Katrina, $1 million of which is pledged to the
American Red Cross. As players and teams continue to aid in the relief,
the NBPA and WNBPA have joined forces with Feed the Children in
Operation Rebound, a multifaceted and on-going effort to provide food
and assistance to the victims.
NBA player relief efforts to date include:
…Raptors Star Jalen Rose has made a personal donation of $50,000 to
help children devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Rose is directing the
donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Child Welfare League of
America, two leading national organizations with expert personnel on
the ground in the Gulf region. Each charity will receive $25,000…
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. The usual $5,000 gift given to the players’
charity of choice will be donated to the American Red Cross.