Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose proved once again why he is one of the most standup guys in the world. Rose, a product of South Side Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, announced he is donating $1 Million to After School Matters, a Chicago-based non-profit organization devoted to providing out-of-school programs for teenagers, according to ESPN.
Rose issued a statement regarding the generous gift in a statement:
“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. 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.”
Former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley initiated the program more than two decades ago, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Daley passed away in 2011 to breast cancer.
About 15,000 Chicago teenagers reportedly participate in the After School Matters program.
The Bulls organization praised Rose for his charitable actions.
“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,” Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in an statement.
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