NBA point guard Derrick Rose has a long-standing history of striving to better his home town of Chicago. Today he continued that trend. Rose and his partner Mieka Blackman-Reese donated $7,000 to a man walking from Chicago to Washington D.C. in an attempt to spread awareness about gun violence, according to Kelly Bauer of DNAinfo Chicago. The donation was conducted through a Go Fund Me page and has a heartfelt message attached.
“We’re proud of all the great work you’re doing to save the youth of Chicago and providing a framework for at-risk youth for sustainability by providing training for a trade and mentoring via positive & successful mentors,” Rose and Blackman-Reese wrote in the comment. “God bless you with safe travels on your journey.”
Rose has not been shy in donating money help his hometown Chicago and has given praise to others who do too. He recently applauded Chance the Rapper and the Chicago Bulls for donating $1 million to the troubled public schools in the city. In 2014 Rose donated $1 million to the After School Matters program which coordinated programs for teenagers out of school. He also that year attended the funeral of a young girl who was killed in inner city Chicago. There are certainly some ugly headlines in Rose’s history, but his desire to help improve his home city despite not being playing there is a charitable act.