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Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose to sponsor Chicago kids to watch Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field

Anthony Davis, Lakers, Derrick Rose, Pistons

Los Angeles Lakers superstar big man Anthony Davis and Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose will sponsor 4,000 students from Englewood — the neighborhood they grew up in Chicago — to watch Howard University play Hampton University on September 14 at Soldier Field.

Davis and Rose, two of the best basketball players to make it out of Chicago, are always giving back to their community.

Via Syd Stone of Chicago Sun-Times:

Now in its 22nd year, the Chicago Football Classic aims to bring 15,000 students to Soldier Field to watch Howard University play Hampton University on Sep. 14. Each year, the game showcases some of the country’s top HBCUs both on and off the field, with a college fair designed to encourage students to “achieve their personal best in school and beyond.”

Two NBA players from Chicago — the Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Detroit Pistons’ Derrick Rose — will sponsor 4,000 students from Englewood. Former NBA player and Chicago native Mark Aguirre will pay the cost of transportation to the game for pre-selected students.

Anthony Davis is entering his first season with the Lakers after spending the first seven years of his NBA career with the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis, a six-time All-Star, played his high school basketball at Perspectives Charter School in Chicago.

Derrick Rose signed with the Detroit Pistons this summer after playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season. The 30-year-old is a Chicago legend, as he won two state championships in high school at Simeon Career Academy and became the youngest MVP in NBA history back in 2011 with his hometown Chicago Bulls.