Posted on 12/05/2014

Celebrity Golf

An epidemic is plaguing our country. Did you know that every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school? This translates into hundreds of thousands of high school students in Detroit alone at risk of dropping out.

Despite their zip code, every student deserves the opportunity to receive a quality education at a quality school and that’s why I founded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy on the Northwest side of Detroit.  When we opened our doors three years ago, we made a commitment to prepare all of our scholars to not only graduate from high school, but to graduate from college – a real game changer in urban education!

Funding an open-enrollment, public charter school is not an easy task, especially in Detroit where we receive roughly 85% of what nearby suburban schools receive. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools do not receive funding to purchase, lease, or improve facilities. Often times, 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 students at JRLA, and to provide the necessary facilities to house these unique programs, Operation Graduation is currently planning a fundraiser to support the capital campaign.

Please join us for the 4th Annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Outing presented by H.H. Barnum, Tom Gores/Platinum Equity and the Weissman, Eppler, Showich Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC on Monday, September 8, 2014 at Michigan’s private Detroit Golf Club. Sponsorship opportunities and additional information can be found here: http://www.stayclassy.org/JRLAGolf

We know education must play a critical role in transforming our community into a more vibrant, intellectual and economic landscape.

I truly believe that JRLA will lead that transformation by providing a quality education that will empower and enable our future leaders to make a substantial contribution to the growth and revitalization of our great city of Detroit.

This will undoubtedly be a fabulous event but, more importantly, the money we raise will help improve students’ lives right here in metro-Detroit.  I hope to see you there!


Jalen Rose


Dennis Archer, Sr.

Former Mayor of Detroit & Chairman, Dickinson Wright

Maceo Baston

University of Michigan Basketball Player & NBA Star

Dave Bing

Former Mayor of Detroit & JRLA Board of Directors

Trey Burke

2013 National Player of the Year (University of Michigan) & Utah Jazz

Derrick Coleman

Detroit Northern, 1st Pick Overall  in 1990 Draft & NBA All-Star

Jordan Crawford

4-year NBA Star & Free Agent

Kristen Danyal

Miss Michigan USA 2012

Jim Davies

8-year NBA Star & Former Detroit Pistons Player

Vincent Goodwill

Detroit Pistons Beat Writer/Detroit News

Aaron Gray

University of Pittsburgh & Detroit Pistons

Spencer Haywood

Pershing High School, 4-time NBA All-Star & 13-year NBA Legend

Anderson Hunt

Detroit Southwestern, 1990 NCAA Champion (UNLV) & Final Four MVP and JRLA Parent

Michael L. Jackson

University of Detroit Basketball Standout & Providence College Coordinator of Basketball of Operations

Dana Jacobson

University of Michigan Alum & CBS Sports Personality

David Jacoby

ESPN Producer & Grantland Host, Writer and Editor

Jonas Jerebko

Detroit Pistons

Avery Johnson

NBA Champion (San Antonio Spurs), NBA Coach of the Year (Dallas Mavericks) & ESPN Analyst

Larry Johnson

1990 NCAA Champion (UNLV), 1st Overall Pick in the 1991 NBA Draft and NBA All-Star

Jimmy King

Michigan “Fab Five” Legend & 2-year NBA Star

Ben Lyons

University of Michigan Alum & Entertainment/Sports Personality

Reggie McKenzie

University of Michigan Football First-Team All-American & 13-year NFL Star

Reggie McKenzie

Jodie Meeks – First Team All-SEC & Detroit Pistons

Kraig Nienhuis

Former NHL Boston Bruins Player

Willie Norwood

8-year NBA Star & Former Detroit Pistons Player

Brian Olatunji

Professional Race Car Driver

Morris Peterson

Michigan State University 2000 NCAA Champs & 11-year NBA Star

Ron Rice

7-year NFL Star w/ the Detroit Lions

Jalen Rose

ABC/ESPN Analyst & 13-year NBA Star

Pat Sheridan

9-year MLB Star

Josh Smith

2005 NBA Slam Dunk Champion & Detroit Pistons

Stan Van Gundy

Head Coach & President of Basketball Operations, Detroit Pistons

Rasheed Wallace

2004 NBA Champion (Pistons), 4-time NBA All-Star & 16-year NBA Star

Perry Watson

Michigan Basketball Coaching Legend (Southwestern, Wolverines & Titans)

Perry Watson

Michigan Basketball Coaching Legend (Southwestern, Wolverines & Titans)

… and more TBA! *Subject to Change



H.H. Barnum

Tom Gores & Platinum Equity

The Weissman, Eppler, Showich Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Golf Cart:

Detroit Pistons


Michael & Pamela Carter Charitable Fund

Cocktail Reception:

Michael & Pamela Carter Charitable Fund

Michigan First Credit Union


Driving Range:


Shifman & Carlson, P.C.

Detroit Pistons

Tee Hole:

Steven & Gwen Haggerty-Bearden

Nick & Ivette Khan

Creative Artists Agency

First Martin Corportion

Allstate Insurance – Schrock & Associates

Schostak Brothers & Co

Gift Bag & In-Kind Support:

Kelleher Enterprises, Inc

Beans & Cornbread

​Carl’s Golfland