The entrance to the new Curtis Granderson Stadium at University of Illinois at Chicago. (Rendering by Populous)

For many pro athletes, part of creating a legacy is using success on the field to fund community efforts. In the case of New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, stardom has allowed him to fund a field for a community.

The three-time All-Star donated $5 million to his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago, to help build Curtis Granderson Stadium - a new park ...

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