A Leader and Best, Making a Difference in Education:
Most know Jalen Rose as the former Fab Five Michigan Basketball star turned NBA player, but off the court, Rose has always been passionate about education. He funded an endowment scholarship at the University of Michigan, and is now aimed at changing education in Detroit – with a 19% dropout rate and just 62% of students reaching graduation, Jalen decided something needed to be done. In 2011, he opened the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, an open enrollment public charter school, determined to increase success rates of Detroit youth with high goals of graduating 85%, enrolling 85% in college, and graduating 85% from college.
Big Ten Network’s LiveBIG spoke with Jalen about JRLA, his passion for Detroit and changing education, and of course, basketball.