Jalen Rose never left

Looks like Jalen Rose didn’t forget about Detroit.

A few weeks ago, the Free Press did an update on Jalen and I was happy to see how involved he is with Detroit youth and what a great role model he has become. He lives in Detroit in the offseason, coaches a boys’ AAU basketball team and eleven years after leaving UM, he has earned his college degree. Additionally, Jalen awarded $50,000 in scholarships to five seniors from Detroit high schools. It’s wonderful to see professional athletes giving back to their communities, I hope it continues.

Off topic: I want to chime in — thanks to the Metroblogging community for your comments and support.

2 Comments so far

  1. UrbanTiki (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 8:59 am

    Thanks for the update…

    My thoughts, as a MSU grad, was always that the Fab Four were ‘fakes, frauds and felons’ — and for some of that group, the moniker is justified to this day — but Mr. Rose has brought honor to himself, his family and the city. I certainly applaud him for his efforts.

    Although I’m not a UM-hater anymore, I will never let go of the sight of those boys rubbing their rear-ends on our Spartan ‘S’ at Breslin’s mid-court. The statute of limitations has long since expired for an apology.

    I can only imagine how dismayed UM fans were when they took down those banners.

  2. Stacey (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 10:01 am

    It is a gloomy story for the Fab Five. I hope the the university, athletic department and the team can get past it. This must evoke feelings of sweet revenge for Spartans (and let’s be honest, the majority of the country — but especially Packer and Nantz).

    I know the purists never dug them, their trash talking and flashy style. But as a UM fan and alum, I must say that removing some banners and rewriting our media guides won’t erase the fact that the Fab Five revolutionized the game. They put UM basketball on the map and they made the game exciting. You’ll think I’m crazy, but even if I could, I wouldn’t trade them for another, cleaner team.

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