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The event fuses golf, celebrities, and music to benefit the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy


JRLA is an open enrollment, tuition free, public charter high school on the northwest side of Detroit. The Academy provides a leadership-focused education that engages and inspires youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree.

Tom Gores & Platinum Equity


Platinum Equity is a global investment firm founded by Tom Gores. With $13 billion of assets under management and a portfolio of more than 30 operating companies, the firm specializes in mergers, acquisitions and operations – a trademarked strategy it calls M&A&O® – acquiring and operating companies in a broad range of different sectors.

MGM Grand Detroit


MGM Grand Detroit serves up a premier gaming experience. One that is draped in modern luxuries, luxe décor and plush places to relax and play. The first luxury casino resort hotel, outside of Las Vegas, the world-class hotel, cutting edge casino, sits in the heart of the city. The hotel is complete with multiple bars, a nightclub and three signature restaurants.

Detroit Golf Club


Steeped in the tradition of the game and the fabric of the Motor City, lies the Detroit Golf Club. Founded in 1899, this exclusive club has an inclusive atmosphere. Designed by Albert Kahn in 1916, the Clubhouse continues to welcome a wide cross-section of individuals and families.

A Letter From Jalen

Dear Colleagues, Friends & Family,

All students do not have equal access to a quality education. Despite major strides toward educational equity, our country still faces an opportunity gap. An education should not be defined by socioeconomic background, abilities or zip code and that is why I founded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA).

JRLA is an open enrollment, tuition free, public charter high school in my hometown of Detroit. Our mission is to empower all scholars to develop the strength of character, skills, and knowledge needed to matriculate, be great in, and graduate from college so that they have opportunities to be successful in the competitive world and take care of themselves and the people that they love.

Focused on a 9-16 model, our College Success Team works ceaselessly with current scholars and alumni to provide college counseling and support to not only make sure they graduate from high school, but college as well – outcomes that are real game changers in urban education. US News recently ranked JRLA sixth among open enrollment high schools in Detroit based on college readiness levels, math and reading proficiency and college curriculum. With a 94% 4-year high school graduation rate, 100% college and post-secondary acceptance and the #1 rank for open enrollment high schools in Detroit for college matriculation, we know the path to college.

All children should have an opportunity to achieve at a high level, which starts with a great education. JRLA is meeting that need; however, funding a public charter high school is not an easy task, especially in Detroit where we are underfunded by the State. In addition, unlike traditional public schools, charter schools do not receive funding to purchase, lease, or improve facilities. This causes financial challenges that can limit the charter school’s ability to provide appropriate accommodations. To financially support both the transformational educational opportunities for our scholars, and to provide the necessary facilities to house these unique programs, we are hosting the JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic 10th Anniversary the weekend of August 23-24, 2020.

This will undoubtedly be a wonderful event but, more importantly, the money we raise will help provide year-round opportunities and resources for our scholars. Additional information can be found on the following pages. I hope to see you there!

Enter a Learner: Exit a Leader.


Jalen Rose,  JRLA Founder
ABC/ESPN Analyst & NBA Star


Golf participants will receive a premium PUMA gift bag and enjoy an exciting round of championship golf at the exclusive and privateDetroit Golf Club. The culinary team will present a delicious lunch to start the day along with a dinner to conclude the event. The clubhouse will feature 4-hour open bar with signature cocktails. The event will culminate with a $1M Shot (50/50 split with JRLA) and $5K Putting Contest during the playoffs as well as an awards ceremony for top finishing foursomes.  This exceptional experiences will feature sports legends, artists and local celebrities who look forward to supporting JRLA!

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Topgolf Swing Suite Kick-Off Party
Presented by MGM Grand Detroit
@ MGM Grand Detroit
1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI

6:30 PM
Guest Arrivals
Specialty Food & Signature Cocktails

7:30 PM
Welcome Announcements & Presentation

Monday, August 24, 2020

JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic 10th Anniversary
Presented by Tom Gores & Platinum Equity
@ The Detroit Golf Club
17911 Hamilton Rd, Detroit, MI

10:00 AM
Golf Registration
Driving Range & Putting Clinic

11:00 AM
Shotgun Start

3:30 PM
Clubhouse Patio & Lounge Opens

4:00 PM
The Official JRLA Playoffs

5:00 PM
Awards & Closing Ceremonies

6:00 PM
Event Concludes

We recognize COVID-19 has had a significant impact and your health and safety is of paramount importance.
Should the need arise, we will share social distancing and safety guidelines in advance of your attendance.


2019 Celebrity Participants

Anderson Hunt
UNLV National Basketball Champion and AP’s Most Outstanding Tournament Player 1990; JRLA Parent

Antoine Joubert
Detroit Southwestern Mr. Basketball & University of Michigan

Arn Tellem
Vice Chairman, Detroit Pistons

Ben Lyons
Sports Commentator: Complex Sports, Yahoo Sports and ESPN Radio LA

BJ Armstrong
3x NBA Champion & NBA All-Star

Braylon Edwards
University of Michigan All-American & NFL Pro-Bowler

Brian Olatunji
NHRA Professional Race Car Driver

Chris “Handles” Franklin
Harlem Globetrotters

Dave Bing
NBA Hall of Famer & Former Mayor of Detroit

David Jacoby
ESPN Co-host, Jalen & Jacoby

Dennis Archer, Sr.
Honorable Mayor of Detroit

Don Reid
NBA Veteran

Earl “The Twirl” Cureton
2x NBA Champion

Grant Long
NBA Veteran

Gregory Kelser
NBA Veteran & Detroit Pistons Commentator

Isiah Thomas
12x NBA All-Star, Named 50 Greatest Players in NBA History & Hall of Famer

Jalen Rose
ABC/ESPN Analyst & 13-year NBA Veteran

James Edwards
3x NBA Champion & Nicknamed Buddha

Jimmy Howard
Detroit Red Wings Goaltender

Jimmy King
University of Michigan Fab Five

Joique Bell
NFL Veteran

Jordan Crawford
NBA Veteran & Detroit Native

Lila Lazarus
Super Bowl Champion & 18-year NFL Veteran

Lomas Brown
Super Bowl Champion & 18-year NFL Veteran

Maceo Baston
University of Michigan & NBA Veteran

Mark Champion
Pistons Voice

Mike “Stoney” Stone
Morning Sports Talk Show 97.1 The Ticket WXYT-FM

Molly Qerim Rose
ESPN Host, FirstTake

Perry Watson
Detroit Basketball Legend

Reggie McKenzie
All-American (Michigan) & NFL Veteran

Rhonda Walker
Morning News Anchor WDIV-TV4

Rick Mahorn
All-American (Hampton) & NBA Champion (Detroit Pistons Bad Boys)

Ron Harper
5x NBA Champion

Seema Sadekar
Golf Pro & Fashionista (Canadian, European, Asian & LPGA Tour)

Stan Edwards
University of Michigan & NFL Veteran

Scott Perry
GM, New York Knicks

Terry Mills
NCAA Champion (Michigan) & NBA Veteran

Trey Burke
Big Ten Player of the Year at UM & Dallas Mavericks Point Guard

Willie Burton
All-Big Ten Team (Minnesota) & NBA Veteran

Willie Norwood
NBA Veteran & Former Detroit Pistons Player



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