Caring like a big-leaguer should


Last week, the Cubs announced that their charitable arm, Cubs Care, will award more than $1 million in grants to local non-profit organizations this year. Youth sports programs, children with special needs and victims of domestic violence will all benefit from the grants.

Ryan Theriot presented the checks and delivered some touching remarks at the luncheon. Introduced as a wonderful player and human being, Theriot said that he was inspired by the off-season charitable work on the Cubs Caravan, visiting kids in schools and hospitals. He has asked how to get more involved in these programs.

Like many other young children, Theriot said he dreamt of being a major-league player since he was in first grade, owning a big house and playing in big-league stadiums. But today he realizes that what is most important is to give back to the community. He thanked the fans for letting him be a professional player and allowing him the opportunity to understand what is most important in life.

“When you get here [to the big leagues], you understand how you can impact people in a different way,” he said.

Some classy comments from one of the team’s most popular players.

To read more about Cubs Care and find out how to make a donation or participate in one of the several Wrigley Field events, visit

Sean Ahmed

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