Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has donated $1 million to a program for disadvantaged teens, the team announced this week.
After School Matters provides apprenticeships for Chicago students in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology.
“To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the difference in the world,” Rose, who hails from Chicago's Engelwood neighborhood, said in a statement. “So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s teens.”
The Chicago Tribune noted that Rose's high school, Simeon Career Academy, participates in the program.
Rose's previous charitable contributions include the Japanese tsunami relief effort.
The guard has missed most of the last few seasons with knee injuries. The Bulls begin training camp on Monday for the 2014-15 season.