What else can we say about Anthony Rizzo?
Not only is the Chicago Cubs first baseman one of the best, most consistent Cubs performers of all-time, he’s also one of the most charitable and giving players in the game today.
This offseason, he finally won the coveted Roberto Clemente award (an honor given to the player who best exemplifies the game, sportsmanship, and community involvement, among other characteristics), and he’s not stopping there:
@Cubs FIRST BASEMAN TO HOST FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL
RIZZO DONATES $150,000 TO HELP FUND NEW STADIUM LIGHTS; MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL’S BASEBALL FIELD TO BE RENAMED ANTHONY RIZZO FIELD
— A. Rizzo Foundation (@RizzoFoundation) November 27, 2017
Now, Rizzo is donating $150,000 to help fund new lights at his former high school ball park.
“I owe the first start of my career to those who taught me the fundamental baseball skills I needed to become the player I am today. Without the help of my coaches, I don’t know if I would have had this much success.
When I heard the team needed stadium lights to help improve safety and play for the students, I immediately offered my help.”
So, Rizzo is personally donating 50% of the cost of the lights and attending a fund raiser to help raise the other 50% for his former school. Rizzo continues to set a wonderful example for young baseball players (or, you know, just people) everywhere. It’s nice that he’s associated with the team we happen to cover. Makes us happy.