Jalen Rose is a current ESPN/ABC analyst and a 13 year veteran of the National Basketball Association. A former basketball student-athlete at the University of Michigan, and a member of the notorious "Fab 5", Jalen has made the successful transition into a post-playing career. Some of his exploits include starting a management company, a leadership academy in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, and being involved in many philanthropic endeavors.
Honest and genuine, Jalen spoke specifically to our student-athletes on the vitality of making the most of their time here on campus so as to prepare themselves for a successful future. He said the sport(s) one plays should merely be an introduction, or vehicle rather than a definition.
As most professionals would, Jalen addressed issues and benefits of the social media platforms that have now become essential to professional development and leverage. He told the audience to use social media as a way of strengthening our position and promoting what we want to get accomplished, but warned us to be conscientious of the potential negative implications of misusing such public mediums of expression. This includes being mindful of who you follow on Twitter-- "You are the company that you keep," Jalen said.
Finally, Jalen addressed the topic of adversity. He asked the audience if they would rather be a leader or a follower. Jalen stressed, "How you deal with adversity is truly what will define your character."
Notes credit: The UW Athletic Dept, Alex Ball, Paige Scovil