Last week, Chance The Rapper was in the headlines after donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. Fellow Chicago native, Derrick Rose, who currently plays for the New York Knicks shared his gratitude for Chance’s charitable doings.
“It’s always great to hear, especially with someone that’s in his position, coming from Chicago and knowing what’s going on internally and [being someone] that’s willing to do something about it,” Rose told the New York Daily News. “It’s always great to hear when somebody steps up and takes the challenge.”
Chance hopes that his generous offer will inspire other notables like himself to step up to the plate and take action. Rose agrees that gestures like this bring more awareness to the issues Chicago faces.
“It’s huge,” he said. “We’re bringing awareness to it. That’s something that gets overlooked. You look at the school system being shut down in Chicago, the amount of schools that’s being overlooked. And I think it’s because it’s public schools. Kids are having to bus from different neighborhoods to other schools. And you talk about gangs, that’s another thing in Chicago where it’s a problem. It’s a problem. And when them kids get bussed, they have nobody to protect them at the school or before school. And that’s something that they have to deal with. If they were to go and change the inside of the CPS, I think it would help a lot of kids. And that’s what I mean by being passionate about it. At least act like they care about it. I think a lot can change.”
Hopefully, more people who have these resources will step up within their communities.