Former Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose may not be playing basketball in the Windy City anymore, but he is still looking to make a difference in his hometown.
Rose, now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, made a $7000 donation this week to help out the “DNash Walkathon.” The donation will go to Demetrius Nash’s walk from Chicago to Washington D.C., which he has undertaken to bring awareness about the gun violence plaguing the city.
“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 and successful mentors,” Rose and his partner Mieka Blackman-Reese said on the walk’s GoFundMe page.
Thus far, Nash’s walk has raised just over $23,000, with a goal of $50,000 by the time the walk wraps up in Washington.
“With gun violence plaguing Chicago and many poor neighborhoods throughout the country, it is imperative we implement alternative options for children to spend their free time (on) instead of being in the streets in harm’s way,” Nash said.
According to Nash’s Instagram page, he is currently in Indiana, and he expects to reach Washington near the end of the month.