Wednesday September 24th, 2014

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose donated $1 million to a Chicago charity, the Chicago Tribune's Melissa Harris reports.

Rose's donation will go to After School Matters, which provides students with apprenticeships out of the classroom. Rose's former school, Simeon Career Academy, has a relationship with the program. 

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“To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the difference in the world,” Rose said in a statement. “So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s teens.”

After School Matters vice chairman E. Robbie Robinson said Rose initiated the conversation about a donation.

“He reached out,” said E. Robbie Robinson, the vice chairman of After School Matters, who announced the gift at the charity’s annual gala Tuesday evening. “There was a conversation around what would be the best way to build a relationship. He and his family concluded this is what they wanted to do and to make a big statement.”

Rose, 25, has played in just 10 games during the past two seasons after sustaining two major knee injuries and undergoing surgeries. He won a gold medal with Team USA earlier this month at the FIBA World Cup.

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