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 13 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 14th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic the weekend of July 28 & 29, 2024.

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

2024 Schedule of Events

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2024

JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic Pairings Kick-Off Party

@Topgolf Swing Suite, MGM Grand Detroit
1777 3rd Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

MONDAY, JULY 29, 2024

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, Polo Shirts Required, No Demin, Cargo, Jogging Apparel or Cut-offs

9:30 AM

Golf Registration

Gifting, Brunch & Warm-Up

11:30 AM

Opening Ceremonies

Hosted by Jalen Rose & Seema Sadekar

12:00 PM

Tournament Shotgun Start

4:30 PM

Clubhouse Patio & Lounge Opens

5:00 PM

The Official JRLA Playoffs

6:00 PM

Dinner, Awards & Closing Ceremonies

7:00 PM

Event Concludes

Golf participants will receive a 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 lunch on the course and a dinner to conclude the event. The clubhouse and patio will feature an open bar with signature cocktails before and after golf. 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!

Please note, unregistered guests without advance payment will NOT be allowed entry to either event. You will be turned away by security at the door/gate. This includes all passengers in the vehicle for golf. This is a fundraiser so all participants will be expected to register in advance so we can plan accordingly.

MGM Grand Detroit is our official host hotel! For guest traveling in from out of town or those who’d like to stay downtown, you can use this link to book your room at a discounted rate valid through August 11th.


Jalen Rose

Sports Analyst & 13-year NBA Veteran

Seema Sadekar

Golf Pro & Fashionista

Anthony Mackie

Award Winning Actor

David Jacoby

Sports Analyst & Podcast Host

Scott Perry

NBA Executive & Coach

Sterling Sharpe

3x NFL All-Pro & Analyst

Jimmy King

University of Michigan Fab Five

Brandon Hudson

FOX 2 Reporter/Anchor

Perry Watson

Detroit Basketball Legend

Ben Lyons

Sports Commentator & Show Host

Joique Bell

NFL Veteran

Lila Lazarus

Award Winning Journalist & Host,

Rhonda Walker

Morning News Anchor, WDIV Channel 4

William Gay

NFL Veteran

Maurice Harvey

NFL Veteran

Tim Walton

NFL & NCAA Football Coach

Jerry Ferrara


Troy Weaver

Detroit Pistons General Manager

Rob Sims

NFL Veteran

Grant Long

NBA Veteran

Ron Harper

5x NBA Champion

Angela Rye

Host & Culture Commentator

Charles Oakley

NBA All-Star

Tony Paul

Detroit News Sportswriter

Brian Olatunji

NHRA Professional Race Car Driver

George David

Detroit Pistons Associate General Manager

Rachel DeMita

Former NBA 2KTV Host, Athlete & Digital Creator

Terry Mills

NCAA Champion (Michigan) & NBA Veteran

Ari Rastegar

Founder & CEO of Rastegar Property Group

Tarris Reed Jr

University of Michigan Men’s Basketball Team

Andwele (Dwele) Gardner

Grammy Award Nominated Musician

Braylon Edwards

University of Michigan All-American & NFL Pro-Bowler

Taylor Hale

Miss Michigan USA/Reality TV Star (Season 24 Big Brother Winner)

Anderson Hunt

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

Sada Baby

Rapper & Singer

Antoine Joubert

Detroit Southwestern Mr. Basketball & University of Michigan

Algee Smith

Actor & Singer

Earl “The Twirl” Cureton

2x NBA Champion & Former Detroit Pistons Legens

Dave Bing

NBA Hall of Famer & Former Mayor of Detroit

Dennis Archer Sr.

Former Mayor of Detroit

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