Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/7/13
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University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) alum and current New York Yankee centerfielder (he also spent some time with the Detroit Tigers) Curtis Granderson has pledged the funding for a new multi-million dollar baseball stadium on the campus of UIC.  The facility will be home for Flames Baseball, but more importantly, is intended to serve area youth and the Chicago community.  Partnerships with Major League Baseball (MLB), Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and various youth organizations will provide access to the aptly named “Curtis Granderson Stadium” for a multitude of events. Granderson announced his gift at the inaugural Diamond Dinner hosted by UIC Baseball where his No. 28 Flames jersey was retired.  The contribution is expected to be the largest gift in UIC Athletics history and also one of the most generous donations on record for the University. Curtis Granderson Stadium will play host to numerous youth league games throughout the spring and summer, providing youngsters with an opportunity to compete in a first-class and safe environment.  A variety of coaching and officiating clinics will also be offered at the facility. MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and Urban Youth Academy (UYA) programs will be chief partners for Granderson’s youth initiative.  Since its inception in 1989, RBI has established more than 300 programs in over 200 cities around the world and welcomes roughly 200,000 male and female participants to play baseball and softball each year.  More than 200 former RBI participants have been drafted by MLB clubs over the years, including 14 in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.  Granderson’s Yankee teammate, C.C. Sabathia, is an alum of the RBI Program. “There are a lot of people in the community that are in the same situation I was in 15 to 20 years ago,” said Granderson.  “Now, I am in a position where I have the ability to help kids pursue whatever dreams they have, whether they are educational, athletic or just life in general.  I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to team up with UIC, which has helped me get to where I am today.” MLB and its 30 clubs have designated more than $30 million to RBI.  UIC has forged working relationships with the Chicago Cubs and White Sox to expand each of their on-going RBI programs. “The educational aspect is important to me, and it’s all going to take place right here in the inner-city,” said Granderson.  “We have diversity, minorities and it’s all under a university setting.” Construction for the new stadium is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013 with a two-year timetable.  It will feature approximately 1,200 chair-back seats and two grassy berms for spectator seating.  The structure style will be an open air brick and stone clad ballpark that allows for flexibility and easy pedestrian movement.  In addition there will be one level of disability seating and another level with enhanced press amenities. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar, published author and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too. The post Yankees star Curtis Granderson building baseball field for his alma mater appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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