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