Former UIC Flame and current MLB All Star outfielder, Curtis Granderson, generously donated a sum of $5 million to help fund a $10 million ballpark at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the largest one-time gift from a professional athlete back to their alma mater in history. Curtis Granderson Stadium became the home of the Chicago Baseball & Education Academy. The complex officially opened in 2014 and hosts over 10,000 Chicagoland youth annually at the state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facility.
The Chicago Baseball and Education Academy works to build great citizens through baseball, education and mentorship.
Baseball as a way to teach teamwork and cooperation. Education as the way to achieve life dreams. Mentorship as a way to keep our children in the presence of great community and civic leaders.
What We've Achieved
Supported over 60 community baseball programs since 2017.
Supported over 20,000 visits from Chicago youth.
Hosted over 50 CPS Baseball games, including playoffs, two all-star games and CPS All Stars vs Chicago Catholic League All-stars.
Conducted a CPS evaluation camp with Baseball Factory that provided participants with free online profiles with Baseball Factory to be used to aid in their college recruitment for baseball (CBEA covered the cost of the participants)
Provided and continue to provide a practice home for the Wolcott School a college prep school for students with learning differences.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel partnered with CBEA to host 30 youth baseball teams and six youth softball teams at Curtis Granderson Stadium (UIC).
In an effort to elevate inclusion of young girls, CBEA hosted Chicago Park District’s softball programs throughout the summer in partnership with UIC softball. As a result, annual inclusion of female attendees increased to 1,400.