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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.

Tom Gores & Platinum Equity


MGM Grand Detroit serves up a premier gaming experience. One that is draped in modern luxuries, luxe decor and plush places to relax and play. The first luxury casino and 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 Post-Secondary 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 among the top open enrollment high schools in Detroit based on college readiness levels, math and reading proficiency and college curriculum. With a 97% 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 11th Anniversary the weekend of August 22-23, 2021.

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 private Detroit Golf Club. The culinary team will present a delicious brunch to start the day along with a dinner to conclude the event. The clubhouse will feature 3-hour open bar with signature cocktails. The event will finish 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 on both the North and South courses.  This exceptional experiences will feature sports legends, artists and local celebrities who look forward to supporting JRLA!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic Kick-Off Party
Central Kitchen & Bar
660 Woodward Ave, Detroit

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Guest Arrivals
A vibrant gastropub with indoor and outdoor seating!
Join us for Signature Cocktails, Contemporary American Classic Cuisine & Live DJ!

Monday, August 23, 2021

JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic 11th Anniversary
Presented by Tom Gores & Platinum Equity
@ The Detroit Golf Club
17911 Hamilton Rd, Detroit, MI

9:00 AM
Drive-Up Registration
Gifting, Brunch & Warm-Up

10:30 AM
Opening Ceremonies
Hosted by Jalen Rose & Seema Sadekar

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 are of paramount importance.
Should the need arise, we will share social distancing and safety guidelines in advance of your attendance.


2021 Celebrity Participants

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

Dave Bing
NBA Hall of Famer & Former Mayor of Detroit

Mark Champion
Pistons Voice

Stan Edwards
University of Michigan & NFL Veteran

Joe Hooks
APGA Tour Professional Golfer

Jermaine Jackson
NBA Veteran & LaMelo Ball’s Manager

Calvin “Megatron” Johnson
NFL Hall of Famer

Grant Long 
NBA Veteran

Willie Mack III
Professional Golfer

Brian Olatunji
NHRA Professional Race Car Driver

Rob Sims 
NFL Veteran/Detroit Lions

Seema Sadekar
Golf Pro & Fashionista

Lomas Brown 
Super Bowl Champion & 18-year NFL Veteran

Derrick Coleman
All-American/Syracuse & NBA All-Star

Brad Galli
WXYZ-TV Sports Director

Allan Houston
NBA All-Star

David Jacoby 
ESPN Co-host, Jalen & Jacoby

Antoine Joubert
Detroit Southwestern Mr. Basketball & University of Michigan

Sidney Lowe
Detroit Pistons Assistant Coach

John Mason
KISS 105.9 FM Detroit Radio Host & Pistons PA Announcer

Sadena Parks
Former LPGA Professional

Rhonda Walker
Morning News Anchor WDIV-TV4

Dennis Archer, Sr.
Former Mayor of Detroit

Willie Burton
All-Big Ten Team/Minnesota & NBA Veteran

Earl “The Twirl” Cureton
2x NBA Champion

Ron Harper
5x NBA Champion

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

Larry Johnson
NBA All-Star

Jimmy King
University of Michigan Fab Five

Ben Lyons
Host/Producer/Creator, CBS-LA

Willie Norwood 
NBA Veteran & Former Detroit Pistons Player

Scott Perry
GM, New York Knicks

Perry  Watson
Detroit Basketball Legend

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