Dave DeBusschere Education Award Recipient: Jalen Rose

November 3, 2015

On November 20-22, The Legends Fantasy Weekend will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, pairing the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

During the weekend, the NBRPA will host its annual Legends Philanthropy Awards Gala on Saturday, November 21, featuring a star-studded line-up of remarkable players who made the game faster and more exciting.

At the gala, the NBRPA will honor some of the country’s greatest athletes and other civic leaders for their contributions both on and off the playing court. The NBRPA is proud to announce Jalen Rose as its 2015 Dave DeBusschere Education Award recipient.

Jalen Rose currently serves as the official ambassador for the NBRPA and has been shaping programming to assist former players in life after basketball and serve communities. Rose’s philanthropic spirit can be seen with his most substantial outreach initiative, the establishment of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA). JRLA gives life-changing opportunities for underprivileged youth through the development of Detroit programs and the distribution of grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. Rose continues to maintain a high profile as a lead personality for ESPN/ABC and a philanthropist who gives from the heart, making him an outstanding honoree for the Dave DeBusschere Education Award.

During his basketball career, Rose was a member of the renowned ‘Fab Five’ at Michigan University where he helped lead the team to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in 1992 and 1993. His NBA career spanned thirteen years where he averaged a career total of 14 points a game and was named the league’s Most Improved Player in 2000. Upon retirement, Rose seamlessly transitioned into a broadcasting career where he worked for TNT Sports and is currently an analyst, writer, and host for a variety of ESPN/ABC platforms. He recently released his first book, Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court, this past month. Rose wants to use the book as a way to provide motivation to those who read it, like the ability to persevere through tough times and have discipline in others.