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.
“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.
- Paul Palladino