Derrick Rose no longer plays for the Chicago Bulls, but the Englewood native continues to give back to the city that raised him.
The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard donated $7,000 to a man walking from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to help stop Chicago’s gun violence.
Demetrius Nash, of Bronzeville, hopes his long walk to D.C. can raise awareness of the city’s gun violence and the need for funding for violence-prevention programs. Rose and his partner, Mieka Blackman-Reese, donated to Nash’s campaign through GoFundMe on Monday.
“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 a comment on the campaign’s GoFundMe. “God bless you with safe travels on your journey.”
This is the latest donation that Rose has given to the city of Chicago.
The former MVP has paid for and attended the funerals of murder victims and donated $1 million to After School Matters — a Chicago organization that offers extracurricular activities for the city’s children and teens.
After spending last season with the New York Knicks, Rose signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal to join the Cavs. He holds career averages of 19.5 points and 6.0 assists per game.