Cubs donate $$ for grants

For the eighth consecutive season Cubs Care and Chicago Cubs Charities teamed up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to give more than $1 million in grants to non-profit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area.  The announcement was made Tuesday during a grant luncheon that recognized 51 non-profits.

“Today’s Cubs Care grant luncheon is about empowering non-profit organizations in Chicago and providing the necessary resources to help communities in need,” said Cubs owner and board member Laura Ricketts, who serves as chair of the board of Chicago Cubs Charities. “We’re proud to once again give more than $1 million to further these organizations’ missions through Cubs Care and Chicago Cubs Charities. We thank our fans for generously supporting the community events that make these donations possible.”

The 2012 grants were given to organizations that include the Chicago Park District, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Public Library Foundation.  Grants will provide funding for more than 13,000 low-income and special needs youth to play baseball, provide access to adaptive sports and wheelchair softball for individuals with physical disabilities and will provide support for Chicago Public Library’s summer reading program.

“Chicago is filled with passionate fans and caring neighbors,” said David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “We are honored to join the Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts family to support these amazing community organizations that are working tirelessly to improve the lives of underserved youth, adults and families across Chicagoland.”

Since 1991 Cubs Care has donated more than $17 million to Chicago non-profit organizations.  Funds have been raised through through various activities, including the Cubs Caravan and Convention, personal scoreboard messages and Cubs players contributions.

For more information about “Cubs in the Community” please visit:  http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/community/index.jsp.

The Good in Sports salutes Cubs Care and Chicago Cubs Charities for their hard-work and dedication in order to make the Chicagoland area a better place for those in need.

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