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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, public charter high school on the northwest side of Detroit. The Academy began its first academic year in September 2011 and currently serves over 400 ninth through twelfth grade scholars from metro-Detroit.

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.

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.

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.

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 7th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic the weekend of August 27-28, 2017.

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



New to 2017, we have added a Pairings Party and Gala Celebration, featuring a Red Carpet, Signature Food & Cocktails, and a special live performance.

At the golf classic, each participant will receive a premium gift bag and enjoy an exciting round of championship golf at one of the premiere golf courses in Michigan. The culinary team will showcase a BBQ Lunch Buffet, Signature Cocktails at the Open Bar, and a Strolling Reception. The day 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 experience will feature sports legends, performers, and local celebrities, who support the JRLA and will be attending the weekend full of events.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The JRLA Red Carpet, Pairings Party & Gala
Presented by MGM Grand Detroit
@ MGM Grand Detroit
1777 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI

5:30 PM
Red Carpet Opens & Pairings Party Begins
Red Carpet, Signature Food, Cocktails & Music

Monday, August 28, 2017

The 7th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic
Presented by Tom Gores & Platinum Equity
@ The Detroit Golf Club
17911 Hamilton Rd, Detroit, MI

10:00 AM
Golf Registration
Driving Range & Putting Clinic
BBQ Lunch

11:00 AM
Shotgun Start

4:00 PM
The Clubhouse Patio & Lounge Opens

5:00 PM
Awards & Playoffs
Closing Ceremonies

6:00 PM
Event Concludes




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