Derrick Rose Research Paper

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“I want to make my mom happy and my city proud” (Crawford, 2012). These are words spoken by a man who truly makes a difference. Derrick Martell Rose was born on October 4, 1988 in Chicago, Illinois. Derrick goes by the nickname “Pooh,” which was giving to him by his grandmother based on his resemblance to Winnie-the-Pooh as an infant. Now, Derrick has a tattoo of the words “The Great Poohdini” framing an image of a wizard holding a staff in one hand and a basketball in the other. Derrick’s journey to the NBA began on the tough streets of Englewood on Chicago’s south side. Growing up there meant facing a lot of distractions and negative influences. Intent on keeping Derrick on the right path, his three older brothers formed a protective wall…show more content…
When Stan Van Gundy, the head coach for the Orlando Magic, suggested that Derrick Rose would be the next superstar to bolt town, Chicago was getting ready to hit the panic button. When Rose broke down in tears at the unveiling of his new Adidas shoes, he indirectly answered those charges with nine simple words. He said, “with all this stuff that’s going on in this city, a kid from Englewood has something positive going on” (Johnson, 2012). And that’s when people stopped worrying about Derrick Rose being swallowed by the corporate side of the NBA. Through heart-felt tears, those words couldn’t have meant more to the people of Englewood. We live in a world where athletes can speak out to embrace social causes via social media and really spread a positive message. But what can one man really do about social justice issues like poverty and violence in the city of Chicago? Despite his fame and fortune, Rose is just a basketball player, not a politician or full-blown philanthropist. But the answer is pretty simple: Just by speaking out first and investing second, Rose can do a lot for his city. He uses social media, like twitter, to get his voice out there to people. In one of his tweets he says, “I don’t like the fact that OUR kids are not in school and that’s the only thing we have to SAVE these kids” (twitter). Messages like this make a big impact in…show more content…
He is a role model who can connect with everyone. Millions have a lot of respect for Rose, because of how he carries himself and the stories of his generosity and his heart. Not only is Rose making a difference in Chicago, but also he inspires many people all around the world. During an interview Rose says, “I’m here to tell you that you can make it this far. Hopefully, when you look at me no matter what you’re you’re doing – if you want to be a basketball player, a teacher, no matter what it is – just go out there and dedicate your life to it…and you’ll be able to get it” (Konkol, 2011). This is the kind of message Rose is telling people all around the
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