It's been a great summer for Derrick Rose. The Bulls star helped team USA defend their FIBA Basketball World Cup title in Spain, beating Serbia in the final.
Now D-Rose has himself in the headlines for his philanthropic exploits as it has today emerged that he is donating $1million to After School Matters, a non-profit organization that arranges after school programmes for teens.
The teen population that After School Matters deals with are almost all people who live below or in line with the poverty level in Chicago.
After School Matters works with more than 15,000 kids annually and is run by Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments who is married to filmmaker George Lucas.
Rose is Chicago through and through. He was raised in Englewood, a community area of Chicago and said he wanted to give back to the city that supported him:
“To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the difference in the world. So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s teens.”
Rose is coming back from a torn meniscus which followed a torn ACL. The two injuries mean he has had little playing time over the last two seasons and many are questioning his ability to get back to the level that won him the NBA's MVP award in the 2010-11 season.
"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."
Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf also paid tribute to Rose's generosity:
“As someone who has seen Derrick grow as a player and a man, I couldn’t be more proud of his decision to support After School Matters in such an impactful way.”
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