Detroit schools are in crisis and, consequently, students are not receiving the education necessary to prepare them for their future. Only 31.9% of Detroit’s public high school students graduate in four years (Source: Education Policy Center at Michigan State University) and only 12.1% of the adult population in Detroit has earned a bachelor’s degree (Source: US Census). We are working to make the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) a part of that solution, and we need your help!
JRLA began its first academic year in September 2011 with an inaugural class of 120 ninth grade students commuting from all across Detroit and the nearby suburbs. An additional freshman class will be added each subsequent year. JRLA provides a leadership-focused experience within a high-performing high school that engages and inspires Detroit youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree. Students are provided with real-world, project-based experiences within the context of leadership, sports, and entertainment. JRLA is an open-enrollment tuition-free public charter school in which students receive extensive college exposure and course opportunities, thanks to a partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy.
Detroit charter schools receive less state-aid than Detroit Public Schools; including roughly 85% of what nearby suburban schools receive. It is vital to raise significant funds from private sources to meet our ambitious educational goals. To financially support both the transformational educational opportunities for students at JRLA and their families, and to provide the necessary facilities to house these unique programs, we are currently seeking significant philanthropic support from our community.
We kindly ask you to consider participating in the 2nd Annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Outing as a golfer, sponsor or auction item donor! This outing will be held on Monday, September 10, 2012 at Michigan’s Detroit Golf Club. Each foursome will be paired with a local celebrity and sponsorship recognition benefits can be found on the attached form. During the event, auction items will be prominently displayed with an acknowledgement of your company’s donation followed by recognition on JRLADetroit.com after the event.
JRLA offers Detroit children unique opportunities that they would not receive from any ordinary public school; therefore, this golf outing will directly impact the future of Michigan, and specifically Detroit families. We understand you are asked to support many causes, some very close to your heart. Our hope is that you find a place in your heart for the students of JRLA. What we are asking is nothing more than what is needed to give these children every opportunity to succeed. Thank you in advance for your consideration!
Dennis W. Archer – Chairman Emeritus, Dickinson Wright PLLC and Former Mayor of Detroit
Willie Burton – NBA Star
Derrick Coleman – NBA All-Star
Kristen Danyal – Miss Michigan USA
Steve Fisher – NCAA Champion & San Diego State Head Coach
Dana Jacobson – Michigan Native, Former ESPN Host
Jimmy King – Michigan “Fab Five” Legend
Lila Lazarus – Television Personality
Herman Moore – NFL Pro Bowler & Detroit Lions
Ira Newble – NBA Star & Current Coach of Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers NBA D-League Team)
Willie Norwood – NBA Legend
Brian Olatunji – Professional Race Car Driver
Rob Parker – ESPN Radio/TV Personality
Jalen Rose – 13 year NBA Star, ESPN/ABC Analyst
Matt Shepard – Radio & Television Broadcaster (Voice of Michigan Basketball)
Perry Watson – Detroit Basketball Coaching Legend
…and more TBA!!!
GOLD SPONSOR: Jeep
SILVER SPONSORS: T.A. Systems, HH Barnum, Wolverine Advanced Materials, Moscone Family Foundation and Charity Motors
HOLE IN ONE SPONSOR: Michigan First Credit Union
HOLE SPONSORS: Chemico Mays LLC, Creative Artists Agency, 3 Tier Entertainment, Origen Financial, Shifman & Carlson P.C., Great Lakes Wines & Spirits, CanStrong & Allstate (Nick Schrock)
IN-KIND SUPPORT: Underground Printing, Kelleher Enterprises and Absopure
AUCTION DONORS: Huntington Bank, Byrons Flowers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers, Tom James of Detroit, Biggby Coffee, Elements Massage, Radiance MedSpa, Detroit Golf Club, Marriott, The Henry, Neil Weissman, Tarek Saad, Vera Bradley and Paul Toutant
For more info or to register/donate, click here: 2nd Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Outing