Say what you want about Derrick Rose’s durability, but there’s no question he’s one of the NBA’s good guys. Rose lived up to that reputation this week by donating $1 million to After School Matters, a non-profit organization that helps over 15,000 disadvantaged youth in the city of Chicago.
Rose, who himself grew up in the crime-ridden Chicago neighborhood of Englewood, stressed the importance of investing in disadvantaged youth.
“To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the difference in the world,” said Rose in a Bulls press release. “So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s teens.”
Rose’s money will fund programs that train Chicago’s youth in the arts, communications, science, technology and sports.
E. Robbie Robinson, Vice Chair of the After School Matters board of directors, says Rose’s donation makes a “tremendous statement.”
“Derrick’s significant contribution is making a tremendous statement to Chicago that our teens do matter,” said Robinson. “We are grateful for Derrick’s generosity, as we work hard to provide a safe and productive environment for teens to learn and explore their interests outside of the classroom. We look forward to partnering with Derrick and the Rose family to continue to expand our programs and reach even more of teens for many years to come.”
Rose hopes his donation helps an important, but often forgotten, message reach Chicago’s inner-city youth.
“My message to our kids is simple – you matter, you deserve every opportunity in life, and you can and should dream big because dreams can come true,” said Rose.