Cubs star Anthony Rizzo donates $150K for high school ballpark

November 27, 2017 / Baseball
The ballpark at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is in dire need of repairs, and one of its most famous alumnus is lending a hand.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. | Photo: Arturo Pardavila III

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo announced Monday his family foundation would donate $150,000 to help renovate the school’s baseball and softball diamonds. According to the foundation, both parks have inadequate lighting, which prevents teams from scheduling and playing full-length games that last into the evening.

Rizzo’s donation covers roughly half of the project. The three-time All-Star and World Series champion is hosting a “Night Under the Lights” fundraiser to help cover the rest. The school plans to rename the ballpark “Anthony Rizzo Field.” 

“I owe my first start of my career to those who taught me the fundamental baseball skills I needed to become the player I am today,” Rizzo said in a statement. “Without the help of my coaches, I don’t know if I would have had this much success. I am grateful for the support and encouragement they gave me when I needed it.”

Click here to read the complete statement from the Anthony Rizzo Foundation.

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