Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur made his major league debut in 2014 and has a career batting average of .242. While not an everyday player, Szczur has shown tremendous value as a consistent pinch hitter and backup outfielder. What is of special interest is the impact he has made off the playing field – he is well known for charity and community work.
In 2009, Szczur donated bone marrow to a 15-month-old Ukrainian girl named Anastasia battling leukemia. Szczur saved the girl's life given the severity of her condition. Last winter, he hosted and helped raise thousands of dollars during his “Szcz The Day” fundraiser for the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation. More recently he picked up a paint brush in an effort to raise money for Cubs Charities which gives grants focused specifically on creating opportunities for at-risk youth in the areas of education, youth sports, and health and wellness. For his first ever attempt at artwork, Szczur painted the final out of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. “Honored and humbled that my first painting was auctioned off for $35,000 for such a great cause,” Szczur posted to Instagram. “Thank you Cubs Charities for allowing me to give back and be part of something special.” Way to go, Matt Szczur!
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