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 or a post-secondary program so that they have opportunities to be successful in the competitive world and take care of themselves and the people that they love.

Today, after 11 years of operations, we remain steadfast in our commitment to not only get our scholars to graduate from high school, but for them to graduate from college or a post-secondary program as well – outcomes that are real game changers in public education. JRLA has never wavered in its pursuit to improve the educational outcomes for Detroit area youth. With a 97% high school graduation rate, 100% college and post-secondary acceptance and a leader among open enrollment high schools in Detroit for college matriculation, we know the path to college and a successful future.

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 our 12th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic the weekend of August 21-22, 2022.

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

2022 Schedule of Events


JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic Pairings Kick-Off Party

Presented by BetMGM

@Topgolf Swing Suite, MGM Grand Detroit

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Guest Arrivals
Join us for a Signature Cocktails & Cuisine and a Live DJ!
Dress Code | Sporty Chic


JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic

Presented by Tom Gores & Platinum Equity

@ The Detroit Golf Club

17911 Hamilton Rd, Detroit, MI 48203
Dress Code | Proper Golf Attire, No Demin, Cargo or Cut-offs

9:00 AM

Golf Registration

Gifting, Brunch & Warm-Up

10:30 AM

Opening Ceremonies

Hosted by Jalen Rose & Seema Sadekar

11:00 AM

Tournament 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

Golf participants will receive a PUMA branded gift bag and golf shirt as well as other premium items at check-in prior to 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 an open bar with signature cocktails. The event will culminate with a one million dollar shot (50/50 split with JRLA) and $5K Putting Contest as well as an awards ceremony for top finishing foursomes. This exceptional experience will feature sports legends, artists and local talent who look forward to supporting JRLA!



Jalen Rose

ABC/ESPN Analyst & 13-year NBA Veteran

Dave Bing

NBA Hall of Famer & Former Mayor of Detroit

George David
Detroit Pistons Associate General Manager
Earl “The Twirl” Cureton
2x NBA Champion (former Piston)
Willie Norwood
NBA Veteran & Former Detroit Pistons Player
Rachel Demita
Former NBA 2KTV Host, Athlete & Digital Creator
Michael Eaves
ESPN SportsCenter Anchor & NBA Countdown
Braylon Edwards
University of Michigan All-American & NFL Pro-Bowler
Jay Harris
ESPN SportsCenter Anchor
Allan Houston
NBA All-Star
Mark Champion
Pistons Voice
Grant Long
NBA Veteran
David Jacoby
ESPN Co-host, Jalen & Jacoby
Tony Paul
Detroit News Sportswriter
Jimmy King
University of Michigan Fab Five
Arn Tellum
Vice Chairman Detroit Pistons
Terry Mills
NCAA Champion (Michigan) & NBA Veteran
Willie Burton
All-Big Ten Team (Minnesota) & NBA Veteran
Tony Jones
Southwestern, Fisk & Oakland University Coach
Brian Olatunji
NHRA Professional Race Car Driver
Ray Jackson
University of Michigan Fab Five
Ron Harper
5x NBA Champion
Seema Sadekar
The Golf Fashionista & Former LPGA Professional Golfer
Lomas Brown
Super Bowl Champion & 18-year NFL Veteran
Dennis Archer, Sr.
Former Mayor of Detroit
Herman Moore
Detroit Lions NFL All-Pro
Perry Watson
Detroit Basketball Legend
Scott Perry
GM, New York Knicks
Sara Winter

Former Miss Canada & Professional Golfer

Ben Lyons
Sports Commentator: Complex Sports, Yahoo Sports and ESPN Radio LA
Antoine Joubert
Detroit Southwestern Mr. Basketball & University of Michigan
Angela Rye
Award Winning Host, Culture Commentator & ESPN Correspondent
Stan Verrett
ESPN SportsCenter Anchor
Calvin “Megatron” Johnson
NFL Hall of Famer
Stan Edwards
University of Michigan & NFL Veteran
Troy Weaver
Detroit Pistons General Manager
Brandon Hudson
FOX 2 Anchor
Joe Hooks
APGA Tour Professional Golfer
Larry Johnson
NBA All-Star
Anderson Hunt
UNLV National Basketball Champion and AP’s Most Outstanding Tournament Player 1990; JRLA Parent

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