The Jalen Rose Golf Classic Presented By Tom Gores & Platinum Equity Featured A Red Carpet & Gala at MGM Grand Detroit In Support of The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

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Jalen Rose poses with an official Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Classic Pin Flag

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it allows us to go above and beyond what a traditional public school provides.” - Jalen Rose

The 7th Annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) Celebrity Golf Classic was held on August 27 & 28 in Detroit. The weekend was hosted by NBA Star and current ABC/ESPN Analyst, Jalen Rose, and many celebrity friends benefitting the open enrollment, public charter high school he founded in his hometown of Detroit.

The annual event began on Sunday, August 27 with The JRLA Red Carpet & Pairings Party presented by MGM Resorts International at MGM Grand Detroit. Celebrities and guests entered the exquisite MGM Grand Ballroom via a Red Carpet for a Golf Pairings Experience. The star-studded event featured food and signature cocktails presented by Tanqueray and CIROC, and a spectacular live performance by Saxophone Artist & Musician, Mike Phillips.

On the morning of Monday, August 28, the historic Detroit Golf Club hosted the 7th Annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Tom Gores and Platinum Equity. The sold-out event was played on both the North and South Courses. Guests enjoyed putting lessons from special guest, Professional Golfer and Fashion Designer, Seema Sadekar presented by Insight Medical Partners. This year, each golf hole featured a display of a “JRLA Future Leader” at each tee-box featuring various event partners and highlighting the successes of JRLA scholars and alumni. The official vehicle, Jeep, positioned a Renegade Trailhawk and Grand Cherokee Trailhawk on course for Hole-In-One challenges. A post round competition featured a $5,000 Putting Challenge and a One-Million Shot presented by UAW Ford was surrounded by The Clubhouse Lounge presented by ABC's "Fresh Off The Boat".

“The event continues to grow bigger and better each year as we work together to improve the educational landscape in Detroit,” says Rose. “I am very humbled that so many celebrities and personal friends participate so that JRLA can provide a leadership-focused education that engages and inspires our youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it allows us to go above and beyond what a traditional public school provides.”

The event was a tremendous success for JRLA and continues to prove it is the leading celebrity, lifestyle and golf event in Detroit. For more information and updates on 2018 dates, please visit the official tournament website

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Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) is an open enrollment, public charter high school on the northwest side of Detroit. The Academy began its first academic year in September 2011 and currently serves over 400 ninth through twelfth grade scholars and nearly 300 alumni from metro-Detroit. It’s 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 to take care of themselves and the people that they love. More info:

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, Via-com, 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:

Platinum Equity is a global investment firm founded by Tom Gores. With $13 billion of assets un-der 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.

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). For more information, visit, Facebook or call toll free at (877) 888-2121.

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