Grand Gesture

April 14, 2014

On April 17 the University of Illinois at Chicago will open Curtis Granderson Stadium, a new baseball facility funded by a $5 million donation from the Mets' outfielder, the largest known one-time donation by an athlete to his alma mater. Besides serving as a home to the UIC Flames, for whom Granderson played from 2000 to '02, the field will host inner-city youth league games as well as events run by Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities initiative and Urban Youth Academy Programs. Granderson is not the only athlete to dig deep on behalf of his former school.

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Curtis Granderson UIC $5 million
Carmelo Anthony Syracuse $3 million
Dwayne Johnson Miami $3 million
Ndamukong Suh Nebraska $2.6 million
Steve Smith Michigan State $2.5 million
Drew Brees Purdue $2 million
Charles Woodson Michigan $2 million
LeBron James St. Vincent-St. Mary $1 million
Eli Manning Ole Miss $1 million
Peyton Manning Tennessee $1 million

THEY SAID IT

"I just tried to hit it as hard and as far as I could."

Austin Anderson

Ole Miss third baseman after he hit a walk-off homer against Auburn—while the Tigers were attempting to intentionally walk him.

PHOTOCOURTESY OF POPULOUS (STADIUM) PHOTOJIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES (GRANDERSON) PHOTOJOSHUA MCCOY/OLE MISS ATHLETICS (ANDERSON)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)