No place like home for Granderson's philanthropy

In a letter to his future self as part of a New Balance ad campaign, baseball philanthropist Curtis Granderson issued a personal challenge.

“Be the change you want to see in the world — paving the way for others much like others paved the way for you,” the Mets outfielder posted on his Twitter account. “Stay humble. Stay true. Never forget where you came from or the sacrifices made by those before you.”

In other words, don't change at all.

Few professional athletes commit themselves to their communities like Granderson, the pride of Thornton Fractional South and UIC who never forgot what former Tigers manager Jim Leyland told him about responsibility early in his career.

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