Curtis Granderson gives back to his alma mater, donates $5M for new stadium

  • David Whitlock
Credit: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo

Granderson is all smiles after his donation
Credit: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo

As if Curtis Granderson needed anything more on his resume of being known as one of the “good guys” of baseball, he padded it anyway.  Probably doesn’t even care if he gets publicity.  The New York Yankees outfielder donated $5M to the University of Illinois – Chicago to upgrade their stadium, according to Chicago Business Sports blogger Danny Ecker.

A native of Lynwood in the southern suburbs of Chicago, Granderson played three years at UIC (2000-2002), finishing his senior season batting .483 (2nd in the nation) and being named Horizon League Player of the Year.  He wasn’t just a baseball player awaiting the draft, as according to UIC, he double majored in business marketing and business administration.  He’s obviously realized that giving back is part of the responsibility of those blessed with business income.

Concept view of Curtis Granderson Stadium Credit: ChicagoBusiness Insider

Concept view of Curtis Granderson Stadium
Credit: ChicagoBusiness.com

Granderson’s donation is the lion’s share of the $7M needed and the stadium will bear the 3-time all star’s name.  As part of the upgrade, the stadium will add capacity to over 1000 and be used for Chicago Public Schools and various youth programs.  Granderson is also the founder of Grand Kids Foundation, which according to the website:

Donations to the Grand Kids Foundation will go towards grants to schools nationwide to help fund educational field trips, art initiatives, science initiatives and the increasing need for foreign language software. The foundation also supports inner city baseball programs through equipment donations.

It’s great to see an athlete “get it” and give back to those in need and had a role in getting him where he is today.

-David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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