Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is Chicago. Born and raised in the Englewood area of Chicago’s West Side, Rose puts on his Bulls jersey with perhaps a little more pride than the rest of his teammates. He takes the court representing not only his own Chicago roots, but those of his family and friends, and that means something to him.
The city of Chicago means something to him as well, especially the youth in the community. Always one to thank the community for their support, recently Rose put his words to action with a huge $1 million donation to After School Matters, a Chicago charity that arranges out-of-school apprenticeships for teens. What makes this program even more special for Rose is the fact that they have a program at his alma mater, Simeon Career Academy.
“To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can ale all the difference in the world, Rose said. “So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same thing for Chicago’s teens.”
His donation is the largest in the program’s history, and stems from his belief both in the program and the teens involved in the program.
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