Curtis Granderson is a big hit with the kids in his foundation
Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets is a three-time all-star but where he really shines is off the field, giving his time and money to those who need it. In October, Granderson was named winner of the 2016 Roberte Clemente, a prestigious honor in Major League Baseball given to the player who stands out for his charitable endeavors. Granderson is great example of what giving back to the community means. In 2013, the veteran outfielder gifted his alma mater, the University of Illinois-Chicago, with a check for $5 million which the school used to build a state-of-the-art baseball facility. After signing endorsement deals with companies like Nike, Louisville Slugger, and Rawlings, Granderson, who has 293 lifetime home runs, asked them to donate money to his foundation and equipment to inner-city youth programs instead of paying him. Granderson’s foundation, “Grand Kids”, was established to raise money for educational programs for inner city kids. He also authored a children’s book titled: “All You Can Be: Dream it, Draw it, Become it!” In 2009, Granderson won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award in a vote conducted by the player’s association, honoring a person who made tremendous sacrifices in his off-field endeavors. Granderson also served as an ambassador for Major League Baseball International, travelling to more than six countries to help promote the game of baseball. The “Grandy Man” received high praise from former Commissioner Bud Selig, who told Granderson, "There are so many fine young men playing Major League baseball today, but I can think of no one who is better suited to represent our national pastime than you.” That is reason enough for GoodSport to celebrate the shining star that is Curtis Granderson.