Curtis Granderson donates money to build University of Illinois-Chicago baseball stadium

Curtis Granderson continues to show why he's one of the nicest guys in baseball

5/31/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

May 14, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson before the game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY SportsCurtis Granderson has always been one of baseball's biggest philanthropists, donating and raising large amounts of money to various charitable causes.

Now, he's giving back to his alma mater in a big way, donating a huge chunk of change to the University of Illinois at Chicago to build a new baseball stadium.

Granderson is donating $5 million towards the total $7M it will take to build the new Curtis Granderson Stadium, which will host games for the university, as well as events for Chicago public schools and local youth leagues.

It's always good to see guys giving back to the community, and Curtis Granderson is one of the few who have spent an inordinate amount of time and money to do so. His Grand Kids Foundation has raised millions for inner city kids, and in 2009 he won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, given to a player "whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement."

Kudos to Granderson for continuing to support the community, and hopefully he gets rewarded with a nice free agent deal this offseason so he can keep it up.
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