On Tuesday, May 2, Cubs Charities and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will announce more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area at 11:30 a.m. at Wrigley Field’s Audi Club.
This year, the Cubs will celebrate 27 years of Cubs Care, which has donated more than $21 million to Chicago nonprofit organizations since its inception. The luncheon marks the 13th consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated to Chicago communities through Cubs Care and Cubs Charities. Cubs Care grants help organizations provide youth health and wellness programs and youth education programs.
On Wednesday, May 3, Cubs Charities will recognize the 2016 Diamond Project grantees on-field during a pregame ceremony. In 2016, Cubs Charities awarded more than $860,000 to 14 Chicago-based organizations leading the charge to improve playing fields and promote baseball.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon continues his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his post-game press conference. On May 5, Maddon will represent Union League Boys & Girls Club, which strives to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Union League Boys & Girls Club currently serves more than 13,200 enrolled members between the ages of 6-to-18 at eight locations. The organization also staffs and manages its own 247-acre summer camp in Salem, Wisconsin, where youth from Chicago’s inner city participate in enrichment activities in an environment free from drugs, gangs and violence.
In addition, the Chicago Cubs Union League Boys and Girls Clubs RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program is fully funded by a grant from Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation. The league serves more than 300 youth in Chicago ages 13-18. The program teaches positive values such as teamwork, discipline and fair play to low-income, at-risk youth.