Many of you know Jalen Rose as one of basketballs greatest players. From his college days at Michigan as one of the infamous Fab Five to his 13-year professional NBA career with the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers. He was a natural athlete on the hardwood floors and his style would influence future players.
After he left the court he became an ESPN/ABC studio analyst along with hosting many NBA related shows. He also wanted to give back to the community and begun working on the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy which is slated to open in September of this year. The JRLA is a grade 9-12 college-prep charter high school in Northwest Detroit. Its mission is to provide leadership and a focused experience within a high-performing environment that engages and inspires Detroit youth. The structure is very rigorous and its goal is to give the students the tools they need to prepare them for a college degree.
Jalens so committed to see his dream become a reality that he will auction up his prized 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee on eBay. This is not a replica but one of the few Chargers that survived the numerous chases, jumps and crashes from the famed TV show The Dukes of Hazzard. Jalen made to some minor cosmetic tweaks to the car and removed the Confederate flag from the roof and changed the numbers on the doors to “05” in honor of his playing number. Bo Duke himself, John Schneider and Jalen autographed the underside of the hood.
The General Lee is one of the most well known cars in American television history, said Jalen. I am proud to own such an esteemed car, but it means so much more to benefit the lives of Detroit youth with the launch of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy this coming September. Funding for schools is essential to their overall success, and I saw the auction of the General Lee as a key way to help raise money and awareness for the school.
The auction will get underway on May 23rd, and the car will be listed with an opening bid of $45,000. You can get more information now by checking out the following link: http://bit.ly/GeneralLeeAuction4JRLA. This is a no-reserve auction with the proceeds going to the JRLA. So if you want one of the few surviving General Lees and support a great cause, head over to eBay for more information on both the car and Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.