Curtis Granderson + Grand Kids
New York Mets All-Star Outfielder and Chicago native, Curtis Granderson, is considered one of the most philanthropic athletes
in professional sports. The three-time MLB All Star is the Founder of the Grand Kids Foundation (est. 2007), Spokesperson for
The White House’s Let’s Move anti-obesity campaign as well as the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up (H20) initiative,
and serves as a Major League Baseball International Ambassador.
In 2012, Granderson made an initial donation of $5 Million to his alma mater – The University of Illinois at Chicago – for the development of Curtis Granderson Stadium at UIC. The University, Major League Baseball and its partners contributed additional funds for the
$15 Million project and state-of-the art facility, which serves Chicago’s inner-city youth. In this unrivaled partnership, Curtis and UIC
are committed to bringing America’s favorite past time to 20,000+ kids annually in the City of Chicago by providing experiences that
will aid in their mental and physical development.
In 2016, Granderson was the recipient of the esteemed Major League Baseball Roberto Clemente Award - given to the player that best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and team contribution. He was also awarded the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award for the second time in his professional career.