a food insecurity initiative
This month-long program hosted each November originated in Curtis Granderson's hometown of Chicago with partner grocery store Mariano's. Curtis founded the initiative after a series of camp programs inspired him to extend his community investment beyond education and athletics to nutrition and food insecurity.
By 2018, the program has raised 17.5M meals for children and families in need. It has also expanded nationally to include a Day of Service tour, a Unite the Islands fundraiser event, as well as in-person and digital engagement campaigns.
designed to get kids moving
Operating out of Curtis Granderson Stadium at the University of Illinois - Chicago, as well as in parks and stadiums around the country, Grand Kids Camps invite children to experience the great game of baseball while practicing new skills, enjoying a healthy lunch, and spending quality time with professional athlete mentors.
By 2018, Grand Kids Camps have served and inspired more than a million children across the country.
Special Events & Fundraisers
uniting communities to help others
The Grand Kids Foundation makes a priority of responding to community needs as they arise.
In 2013, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Foundation provided disaster relief to more than 10,000 displaced students in the New York area, and raised $1M to rebuild lost athletic fields at a high school in Brooklyn.
In 2017, the Grand Kids Foundation incorporated a Hurricane Harvey relief fundraiser into the annual Grand Giving campaign, raising more than $1M for families displaced by the storms.
In its sixth year, GrandGiving expanded nationally to include digital, in-store and special event fundraising opportunities, as well as a cross-country day of service.
As of 2018, GrandGiving has funded more than 17.5M meals for children and families in need.
Grand Kids celebrates ten years of programming with a special event at New York Public Library.
Each year during MLB All Star Week, the Grand Kids Foundation hosts an All-Star Camp at Curtis Granderson Stadium. The program provided hundreds of kids from the Chicago Park District an opportunity to visit a college campus for baseball instruction, lunch and campus tour.
DREAM - formerly Harlem RBI – has been inspiring youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams since 1991. Grand Kids provides ongoing support to DREAM in providing athletic and educational opportunities for inner city youth in the NYC metro area.