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

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

COMMUNITY PARTNER

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

PRESENTING PARTNER

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.

Detroit Golf Club

GOLF PARTNER

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.

Sincerely,

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

Schedule


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

JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic Kick-Off Party
*NEW LOCATION*
@ Central Kitchen & Bar
660 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI
- a vibrant gastropub with indoor and outdoor seating

5:30 – 8:00PM
Guest Arrivals
Signature Cocktails
Contemporary American Classic Cuisine
Live DJ

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
Lunch

11:00 AM
Shotgun Start

3:30 PM
Clubhouse Patio & Lounge Opens

4:00 PM
The Official JRLA Playoffs

5:00 PM
Dinner
Awards & Closing Ceremonies

6:00 PM
Event Concludes

PLEASE NOTE, SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
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.

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2020 Celebrity Participants


*Past Attendees

*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

Partners


JRLA

PGD Global

Detroit Golf Club

Tom Gores & Platinum Equity

NBA Cares

Puma

Jeep

Others First

Schostak Brothers & Company

Body Armor Sports Drink

NavigantOak

Meijer

Rocket Mortgage

Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation

Detroit Pistons

Carl's Golfland

Trip Wipes

Tanner Friedman

Buckfire Law Firm

Kelleher Family

Underground Printing

Xerox

Central Kitchen & Bar

Kahn Family

Strike Group

Helix Diagnostics

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