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Local Charities Score Big Donations from Generous NFL and MLB Stars

Photo: Lubow Photography | Lurie Children's Hospital

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Local Charities Score Big Donations from Generous NFL and MLB Stars

Hot on the heels of Detroit Pistons’ coach Stan Van Gundy adopting a leftover shelter dog, two more amazing gestures from major league sports stars to local charities have also hit the news.

First up to the plate is Anthony Rizzo, of the Chicago Cubs.

The MLB star’s foundation has donated $3.5 million to help children with cancer at the city’s Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

It’s a cause close to Rizzo’s own heart, as the man himself was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008. After 6 months of chemotherapy, he went into remission.

The first baseman has never forgotten those who also suffer and has been donating ever since he first hit the major league in 2010 at the San Diego Padres.

In 2014, he won the Branch Rickey Award, which honors outstanding community service among MLB players.

Perhaps he now needs another.

Second down to make the world a better place is the Philadelphia Eagles’ Torrey Smith.

The wide receiver returned to his hometown of Baltimore to attend the BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter) Pawject Runway adoption drive.

Booked to speak at the end of the event, which raises money and awareness of Baltimore’s homeless, neglected and abused animals, Smith announced that he and his wife Chanel will be covering the adoption fees for each of the 46 animals there.

They’ll also be donating a further amount to the BARCS organization.

It seems the giving is contagious too, as Smith’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also pledged to match his client’s gesture!

Champion donations by all, and a home run or a touchdown for those who really benefit – the children and animals these wonderful charities are helping.

via CBS Sports | Bleacher Report

Images from Lurie Children’s on Twitter | Leo Howard Lubow Photography

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