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 12 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 13th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic the weekend of August 20-21, 2023.
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.
2023 Schedule of Events
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2023
JRLA Celebrity Golf Classic Pairings Kick-Off Party
Presented by BetMGM
@Topgolf Swing Suite, MGM Grand Detroit
1777 3rd Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join us for a Signature Cocktails & Cuisine and a Live DJ!
Dress Code | Sporty Chic
MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2023
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
Gifting, Brunch & Warm-Up
Hosted by Jalen Rose & Seema Sadekar
Tournament Shotgun Start
Clubhouse Patio & Lounge Opens
The Official JRLA Playoffs
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 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.
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