July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018
Sponsorship packages, tickets and additional information available at www.jalenrosegolfclassic.com 
DETROIT, Michigan (July 31, 2018) — The 8th Annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Classic will be held August 26th and 27th in Detroit.  The much anticipated weekend will be hosted by 13-year NBA Star and current ABC/ESPN analyst, Jalen Rose, and his celebrity friends to benefit the open enrollment, public charter high school he founded in his hometown.
The event will tip-off on Sunday, August 26th with a Red Carpet and Gala Presented by MGM Grand Detroit, an MGM Resorts International property.  Celebrities and guests will enter the exquisite MGM Grand Ballroom via a Red Carpet for a star-studded Gala along with a special performance to be announced.  Hosted by Jalen Rose and Seema Sadekar, the evening will be filled with specialty food, signature cocktails and live entertainment.  
On the morning of Monday, August 27th, the historic Detroit Golf Club will host the 8th Annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Tom Gores and Platinum Equity.  The golf experience will feature notable celebrities joining foursomes, a $5K putting contest and $1million shot as well as luxury gift bags featuring premium items from Puma and other donors.  The event will be played on both notable courses and has sold out the past two years.  
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and I am elated to see the event continue to grow each year,” said Rose. “I am very humbled that many celebrity and personal friends participate so that we can raise funds to provide a private school experience in a public school setting.  I truly appreciate everyone’s support as we work together to improve the educational landscape in Detroit and I look forward to our inaugural class of graduates graduating from college next year!”  
The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is proud to share their scholar success stories, whether they are working towards high school graduation, matriculating to college or persisting towards a degree.  To highlight these stories, golf tournament hole signage will display a different “JRLA Future Leader” at each tee-box noting their future plans.  JRLA currently ranks third for open enrollment high schools in the City of Detroit for college enrollment and first for college persistence.
Celebrity guests will be confirmed closer to the event.  A limited amount of sponsorships, VIP packages and tickets to each event are available for purchase. For more information, visit www.jalenrosegolfclassic.com.
For those who cannot attend the events noted above but would still like to support, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is also hosting an online auction featuring once in a lifetime experiences and unique items from August 10-31st.  Bidding opens at 9am EST on August 10th and items can be viewed at http://JRLA2018.givesmart.com.

Media Contact: Lauren Clark, Ignition Media Group (313) 496-1900 x 103 or [email protected]

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is an open enrollment, tuition free, public charter high school in Detroit. The mission is to empower all scholars to develop the strength of character, skills, and knowledge needed to matriculate, be great in, and graduate from college so that they have opportunities to be successful in the competitive world and take care of themselves and the people that they love.  Focused on a 9-16 model, the College Success Team works ceaselessly with current scholars and alumni to provide college counseling and support to not only make sure they graduate from high school, but college as well – outcomes that are real game changers in urban education.  More info: https://www.jrladetroit.com


Play Golf Designs, Inc. (PGD Global) is a golf marketing & event company, directing and participating in luxury events for some of the world’s most legendary athletes, brands, entertainers and organizations including Coach Mike Woodson, Julius Erving, Chris Tucker, Jeffrey Osborne, Viacom, The Broadcasters Foundation of America, Diageo and MGM Resorts International. PGD blends pop culture and entertainment, creating the most unique, innovative golf events and experiences for each client. PGD Global focuses on celebrating diversity and inclusion in golf while welcoming women to the game with open arms. Specializing in connecting golf to the modern world of trends and fashion, PGD Global operates golf and lifestyle events and experiences all around the country, welcoming new golfers and businesses to the game. More info: http://pgdglobal.com/


Platinum Equity is a global investment firm founded by Tom Gores. With $13 billion of assets under management and a portfolio of more than 30 operating companies, the firm specializes in mergers, acquisitions and operations – a trademarked strategy it calls M&A&O® – acquiring and operating companies in a broad range of different sectors. More info: http://www.platinumequity.com


The only Forbes Four-Star hotel in Detroit with the only Forbes Four-Star spa in Michigan, the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning MGM Grand Detroit is the city’s first and only downtown hotel, gaming and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests enjoy signature restaurants; two by world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck as well as the hotel’s own sports pub, TAP at MGM Grand Detroit; casual dining options; lounges; and the only resort-style spa in Southeast Michigan. More than 30,000 square feet of meeting space hosts everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie affairs. MGM Grand Detroit is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). More info: http://mgmgranddetroit.com/


Steeped in the tradition of the game and the fabric of the Motor City, lies the Detroit Golf Club. Founded in 1899, this exclusive club has an inclusive atmosphere. Designed by Albert Kahn in 1916, the Clubhouse continues to welcome a wide cross-section of individuals and families.  More info: http://detroitgolfclub.org