Curtis Granderson to pay for most of new UIC baseball stadium

Curtis Granderson continues to be one of baseball's good guys.
Curtis Granderson continues to be one of baseball's good guys. (USATSI)

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Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson was drafted in 2002 out of the University of Illinois at Chicago. And he's now significantly giving back.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that University of Illinois trustees agreed to a deal in which Granderson would fund $5 million of the projected $7 million cost of building a new stadium for the school's baseball team.

The $5 million represents exactly one-third of Granderson's $15 million salary for the 2013 season. He's a free agent at season's end.

Details on the stadium, from the AP:

The open-air, brick-and-stone stadium will seat 1,200 and is expected to open in 2015. The plan calls for using the field for Flames games and events for Chicago Public Schools and youth organizations.

The UIC Flames play in the Horizon League in NCAA Division I.

Those familiar with Granderson won't be surprised by his large donation. He runs Grand Kids Foundation, an organization that raises money to benefit the educations of inner-city children -- not surprising as both of his parents were public schoolteachers in Chicago before retiring. Granderson also won the 2009 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, given to "the player in either league whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement."

And he continues to give back.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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