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About Curtis

Athlete, humanitarian, leader, role model

Curtis Granderson is an MLB All Star and philanthropist from Chicago, whose commitment to improving the lives of children and families from coast-to-coast has earned him recognition as one of baseball’s most influential leaders.

DRAFTED BY THE DETROIT TIGERS

Curtis was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2002, and made his MLB debut with the team in 2004.

GRADUATED FROM UIC

In 2003, Curtis graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with a dual degree in Business Management and Marketing, earning elite status as one of less than 4% of MLB athletes to graduate from college.

FOUNDED GRAND KIDS

In 2007, Curtis established the Grand Kids Foundation to create educational opportunities for inner city children, and introduce them to the great sport of baseball.

ESTABLISHED A HOME BASE IN NEW YORK

After an All Star 2009 season, Curtis was traded to the New York Yankees, where he spent four seasons in pinstripes.  In 2013, he made the move across town to the New York Mets for four more years of New York ball.

COMMITTED TO ENDING FOOD INSECURITY

While hosting inner city baseball clinics, Curtis identified a new thread of his philanthropic efforts, when he recognized that children couldn’t explore the fun of physical fitness or the excitement of educational opportunities without adequate nutrition. As a result, Grand Giving was established in 2011 to end hunger for good. To date, the initiative has raised more than 17.5 million meals for children and families in need across the country.

RE-INVESTED IN HIS HOMETOWN

Granderson honored his alma mater UIC in 2015 with a donation of $5 million – the largest ever one-time donation from a professional athlete to their alma mater – to fund the construction of a state-of-the-art baseball and education facility on campus.

EARNED MVP RECOGNITION ON AND OFF THE FIELD

In 2016, Granderson was selected to receive the Roberto Clemente and Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards for his incredible commitment to excellence and leadership, on and off the field.

CELEBRATED A DECADE OF POSITIVE IMPACT

In 2017, Curtis celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Grand Kids Foundation, his 300th career home run, and a trade to the L.A. Dodgers for the post season that helped them to successfully secure a spot in the 2017 World Series. 

A NEW ADVENTURE ABROAD

The three time All Star signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018, enabling him to expand his Grand Kids and Grand Giving efforts into Canada.