*Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital on Tuesday. The ceremony was to commemorate The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation's $3.5 million contribution to Lurie Children's Hospital back in May. Okay so if you didn't love Anthony before, which many of us do, you just have to admit this guy is special both on the field and off. Often during Cubs games they show a commercial where Anthony visits a young patient in the hospital named Ethan - this commercial gets to me every time. Anthony Rizzo is a great baseball player who was an integral part of the Chicago Cubs first World Series Championship in over 100 years - Anthony Rizzo is an even better human being. Love you Riz!
*Congratulations to a Chicago sports superstar - Chicago Sky guard and native Chicagoan, Cappie Pondexter, who will be inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame on October 2, 2017. Pondexter attended John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago and has ensconced herself in WNBA history as one of the best to ever play the game. Pondexter is a two-time WNBA champion, seven-time WNBA All-Star, 2008 United States Olympic gold medal winner and 2007 WNBA Finals MVP. Stated Cappie, “I am honored and humbled to be inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and I am thankful to everyone who supported me throughout my career and to those that helped lead me to this milestone." The platform Pondexter has from her status as a pro athlete and businesswoman allows her to give back by counseling youths through camps and personal conversations at practices across the city. "It was a big inspiration for her to come here and let us hear her story, not just as a player but as a person," said Terrinique Battle, a senior forward at Simeon Career Academy. "She doesn’t let anyone tell her what she can’t do, and even if they do, she proves them wrong. A girl that played basketball made it out of Chicago, made it to the WNBA, made it overseas, and I play basketball, too. It makes me think anything is possible after meeting a role model like her." Cappie Pondexter - Sky high dreams can come true....Congrats on your induction!
Hyemin Kim, a top-ranked player on the Symetra Tour (the feeder tour of the LPGA), announced earlier this year that she was donating her entire winnings from her victory at the POC Med Golf Classic ($15,000) to LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. After four years on the Symetra Tour, the 29-year-old earned her first victory on April 9 in Windsor, California and the following day notified Symetra Tour staff that she felt a calling to use her winnings to help make an impact on her sport. “My mom (Inja Park) and I always talked about donating the paycheck from my first win to charity,” explained Kim. “I remember growing up in Korea and first being introduced to the game. I just want to help the next generation of girls and my hope is that this donation helps bring more girls to golf that don’t have the means on their own.” LPGA/USGA Girls Golf will use the $15,000 to directly benefit the girls in the program by providing equipment, quality instruction and scholarship dollars to participate in Girls Golf sites around the United States. Nice move Hyemin - paying it forward!
Why pro golfers (especially LPGA players) are special: Several years ago In-Kyung Kim donated her entire $220,000 winner's check from the Lorena Ochoa Invitational by Banamex and Corona Light to charity, half going to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and half to an American charity named later. Right on I.K.
Also several years ago - Mi Hyun Kim won the SemGroup Championship presented by John Q. Hammons in Broken Arrow, Okla., in a playoff over Juli Inkster. But she didn't blowing her entire $210,000 winner’s check on something fancy for herself. Instead Kim announced that she would donate $100,000 to the United Way Greensburg Disaster Fund to aid the victims of the tornado that destroyed the Kansas town last weekend. “I was just happy that I won the tournament,” said Kim in a statement released by the LPGA. “Sunday and during the week, the tornadoes came out of the middle of nowhere and I felt like I needed to do something for them. Winning a tournament on its own was a good thing, but I just decided to donate some money.” What a caring soul - Mi Hyun!
LPGA Tour players donate tons of time to charitable causes from Breast Cancer to raising money for their alma maters and everything in-between - a sisterhood of GOOD Sports.
Three cheers to Anthony Rizzo, Hyemin, I.K., Mi Hyun and Cappie - Good Sports for sure!
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