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How Ex-Yankee Derek Jeter inspired Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his charity, Grand Kids.

Curtis Granderson rode a Citi bike to the New York Public Library on Friday, and while it might not seem like much to an outsider watching him ride, the act was symbolic to the Mets outfielder. 

So many kids — too many kids, if you ask Granderson — don’t have the same educational opportunities as others. The library represents education for everyone, which is what Granderson has been working to provide through his Grand Kids Foundation. The veteran outfielder rode to the library to bring awareness to his foundation and celebrate its 10-year anniversary. 

What started as a basketball game at a gym in Michigan has grow to be a program that benefits kids all over the country and has even earned Granderson a nomination for ESPN’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.

Credit his parents, who are both teachers in Chicago, for the notion that education can help put a child on the right path and keep them there, and former Yankees teammate Derek Jeter for inspiring him to keep growing the foundation. 


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