Hometown hero Jalen Rose is definitely reppin’ for his community with this move!
ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose is opening his own school in Detroit.
The former University of Michigan and NBA star is returning to his roots. He was a USA TODAY All-USA second-team member after his senior season at Detroit Southwestern. (On the first team were future Michigan teammates Chris Webber and Juwan Howard.)
The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will be a tuition free charter school for students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders.
“Only 30 per cent of 9th graders (in Detroit) will graduate from high school,” Rose said. “When you hear those numbers, if we were a third world country, it would be declared a crisis, and there would be a state of national emergency.” Rose added that while graduation numbers are going down, the crime rate, the unemployment rate, and the poverty rate in Detroit are all going up.”
This is an AWESOME thing the Jalen has done! More celebrities should take note and follow suit and really make an impact on the neighborhoods that they’re from. A park is nice, soup kitchens are great, but a tuition-free school can impact kids for literally hundreds of years. Play on playa, we see you.
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