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Derrick Rose: Most Valuable Player

At 22 years of age, Simeon Career Academy graduate and Chicago Bulls' basketball star, Derrick Rose helped to bring the Chicago Sports scene to a higher level by being selected as the 2011 National Basketball Association's (NBA) youngest Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Derrick Rose goes up for the slam dunk against the Orlando Magic.

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In his acceptance speech, Rose acknowledged many who helped him to receive such a prestigious award. Praise was given to God, the NBA, Bulls' teammates, administrators and trainers, family and friends, fans, and the City of Chicago. 

Significant and heartfelt praise was given to Rose's mother who constantly encouraged him to perform with the stamina he has played in the NBA today. Tears flowed from both Rose and his mother's eyes as he also spoke highly of her dedication to him and his family.

By receiving this award, Rose now joins several other acclaimed sports figures to include former Bulls' superstars, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Rose said his mother was his heart and worked tirelessly to make sure he was okay. 

Rose also received a Kia Sorento CUV and donated it to Chicago based and non-profit, Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels provides funding to programs that support home-bound senior citizens and people with disabilities, allowing them to continue to live independently in their own homes, with dignity and self-respect.

Click here to see Rose's speech.

Keywords: Chicago Bulls, City of Chicago, Derrick Rose, Englewood, Kia Sorento, Meals on Wheels, Michael Jordan, Most Valuable Player, National Basketball Association, Scottie Pippen, Simeon Career Academy

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