Curtis Granderson became an MLB hero due to his social awareness, impeccable professional work ethic, locker room leadership and community contributions during his stints with the New York Mets and Yankees.
Grandersons been formidable on the field, but his impact on people and his selfless actions off the field is far more profound than his back-to-back 40-homer seasons in 2011 and 2012 and the 318 homers hes accumulated during an accomplished 14-year career.
Now a veteran member of the Los Angeles Dodgers World Series-or-bust squadron, Granderson, MLBs 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner, has moved to another coast, but hasnt lost his spirit of giving.
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In conjunction with Major League Baseball Youth Academy Compton, and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), Granderson will host 150 youth for a baseball clinic at the prestigious MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am to 12pm. The LA Food Bank will provide healthy box lunches for all participants, sponsored by Grand Giving – A Grand Kids Foundation national food insecurity initiative. The clinic will mark Curtis first visit to the Compton Youth Academy since 2009.
Granderson created the Grand Kids Foundation in 2007 to aid positive youth development through education, physical fitness and nutrition initiatives.
GrandKids joined the @DodgersFdn to surprise 99 @urbancompasskid’s at 112th St. Elementary w/ a clinic, smoothies & backpack giveaway!
To date, the Foundation has hosted over 1 million youth at GrandKids camp/clinic programs across the country, raised over 3 million meals as part of an annual food insecurity campaign (Grand Giving) and developed a youth academy at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago (UIC) – in which Granderson personally donated over $5 million dollars.