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Jalen Rose

2022 Unified Cup Ambassador

Current ABC/ESPN analyst and former 13-year NBA star Jalen Rose is one of the few professional athletes to maintain a high-profile post-retirement. Long known for his post-game quotes and great relationship with the media, Jalen continues to show his versatility in the broadcast booth, in the entertainment world, and as a philanthropist.

Jalen was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where he attended Southwestern High School and the University of Michigan. In college, he was part of the legendary “Fab Five” where he and his teammates revolutionized the sport of basketball on the court and off by wearing baggy uniform shorts, black socks, and black shoes. The first team in Final Four history to ever start five freshmen, they led the Wolverines to back-to-back NCAA Championship game appearances. In 1994, Jalen was drafted in the first round by the Denver Nuggets. Notable highlights from his thirteen-year NBA career include winning the NBA’s “Most Improved Player” and “Player of the Week” awards in 2000 and “Eastern Conference Player of the Week” accolades in 2005. As a member of the Indiana Pacers, his team appeared in three straight eastern conference finals, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2000. In 2003, he was honored with the Professional Basketball Writers Association Magic Johnson Award. Jalen was inducted into the Detroit High School Hall of Fame in 2013 and Michigan Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

2022 Unified Cup Ambassadors
  • Mitch Albom Detroit native, award-winning author, and journalist, including the best-selling memoir of all time Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Chris Aloisi Former MLS Footballer, Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy
  • Jordan Angeli Former NWSL Footballer, Washington Spirit
  • Victoria Arlen Special Olympics Champion Ambassador, ESPN SportsCenter Host, Gold Medalist
  • Leon Bailey Premier League Footballer, Aston Villa, and member of Jamaica National Football Team
  • Nigel Barker Fashion Photographer, TV Personality, Producer/Filmmaker
  • DaMarcus Beasley Former US Men’s National Team & International Footballer and MLS Footballer, Houston Dynamo
  • Emma Broyles Miss America 2022
  • Chaka Daley University of Michigan Head Coach, men’s soccer program
  • Benita Fitzgerald Mosley Vice President, Community and Impact; President, FundPlay for LeagueApps; Senior Advisor, Proteus International; Olympic Track Gold Medalist
  • Drew McIntyre WWE Superstar, Special Olympics Champion Ambassador
  • Dale Moss Former NFL Player, Model, Actor & Media Personality
  • Oguchi Onyewu Former US Men’s National Team & International Footballer and MLS Footballer, Philadelphia Union
  • Jalen Rose ABC/ESPN analyst, former 13-year NBA star
  • Chris Wingert Former MLS Footballer, Real Salt Lake, NYC FC
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