By Jalen Rose, as published in The Players' Tribune
I’m going to give you a number.
That number has probably defined me more than any other statistic in my life. That number, 48235, is my zip code. It’s my home. It’s Detroit.
Whether playing for the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, different NBA teams, or today, as I go back and forth between L.A. and Bristol, the one thing that’s been a constant is that Detroit remains home. I always have an ear to what’s happening in my hometown, good or bad. And because I’m always in the know, I have a snapshot of how I can truly influence Detroit’s next generation, and that’s through education.
Because here’s another number.
That’s the amount Detroit public schools receive per student. Third grade, 12th grade, or anywhere in between, that’s it. Less than $10,000. While other places such as Washington, D.C. or New Jersey are investing more than double that on kids.