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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 just ranked JRLA third among open enrollment high schools in Detroit based on college readiness levels, math and reading proficiency and college curriculum. In addition, JRLA currently ranks second for open enrollment high schools in the City of Detroit for college matriculation and fifth for college persistence

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 9th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic the weekend of August 25-26, 2019.

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 gift bag and enjoy an exciting round of championship golf at the exclusive and private Detroit Golf Club. One of the premiere golf courses in Michigan, this historic Donald Ross-designed course is also home to the 2019 PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic. The culinary team will present a delicious lunch to start the day along with a strolling dinner to conclude the event. The clubhouse will feature a 4-hour open bar. 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 experience will feature sports legends, artists and local celebrities who look forward to supporting JRLA!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

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 26, 2019

9th 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

11:00 AM
Shotgun Start

3:30 PM
Clubhouse Patio & Lounge Opens

4:00 PM
The Official JRLA Playoffs
Presented by ESPN

5:00 PM
Strolling Dinner
Awards & Closing Ceremonies

6:00 PM
Event Concludes


2018 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

Brian Olatunji
NHRA Professional Race Car Driver

Chris Terry
Red Wings Player

Dave Bing
NBA Hall of Famer & Former Mayor of Detroit

David Jacoby
ESPN Co-host, Jalen & Jacoby

Dennis Archer, Sr.
Honorable Mayor of Detroit

Derrick “D-Nice” Jones
DJ, Beatboxer, Rapper, Producer & Photographer

Derrick Coleman
All-American (Syracuse) & NBA All-Star

Earle Higgins
Eastern Michigan University & ABA

Grant Hill
7 x NBA All Star & Duke Standout

Grant Long
NBA Veteran

Gregory Kelser
NBA Veteran & Detroit Pistons Commentator

Howard Eisley
NBA Veteran & NY Knicks Assistant

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

Jermaine Jackson
NBA Veteran

Jim Davis
NBA Veteran & Former Detroit Pistons Player

Jimmy King
University of Michigan Fab Five

Jordan Crawford
NBA Veteran & Detroit Native

Kristen Danyal
Miss Michigan USA 2012

Lomas Brown
Super Bowl Champion & 18-year NFL Veteran

Maceo Baston
University of Michigan & NBA Veteran

Malik Rose
NBA Champion & Detroit Pistons Assistant GM

Matt Shepard
Fox Sports Detroit Broadcaster & UM Basketball Radio Announcer

Michael Rappaport
Actor & Comedian

Perry Watson
Detroit Basketball Legend

Reggie McKenzie
All-American (Michigan) & NFL Veteran

Rhonda Walker
Morning News Anchor WDIV-TV4

Ron Harper
5x NBA Champion

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

Spencer Haywood
Pershing HS, 4x NBA All-Star & NBA Legend

Steve Fisher
Retired NBA & College Basketball Coach; NCAA Champion (Michigan) and Naismith College Coach of the Year

Tony Jones
Detroit Southwestern, All-Conference (Fisk) & Oakland University

Tracy McGrady
NBA All-Star & ESPN Analyst

Willie Norwood
NBA Veteran & Former Detroit Pistons Player



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