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University of Illinois at Chicago will name its new baseball stadium after Yankees center fielder and UIC alum Curtis Granderson, who provided what is expected to be the largest contribution to the school's athletic department.
Curtis Granderson Stadium will serve UIC's baseball team and Chicago's area youth, the school announced.
"There are a lot of people in the community that are in the same situation I was in 15 to 20 years ago," Granderson said in a statement. "Now, I am in a position where I have the ability to help kids pursue whatever dreams they have, whether they are educational, athletic or just life in general. I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to team up with UIC, which has helped me get to where I am today."
Granderson announced his intentions for the stadium at a dinner hosted by UIC to retire his No. 28 jersey on Wednesday.