Cubs Outfielder Matt Szczur Is Well Known For His Charity Work

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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!

 

Good News Counts,

 

Marty

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Arizona Diamondbacks draft paralyzed player

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California’s Mr. Baseball for the year of 2010, Cory Hahn was destined to be in the Big Leagues, and to make an impact. After high school, Cory was drafted in the 26th round to the San Diego Padres, but turned that down to play college baseball at Arizona State.  

 

Just 3 games into in college career, Cory slid headfirst into 2nd base and collided with an opponent.  In a freak accident, Cory had broken his neck and doctors told him he was paralyzed from the chest down.  Cory knew his baseball career was over, but he held his head high and pursued a business degree while being the assistant coach for his team. 

 

Being that he was eligible for the MLB draft again because he was 3 years removed from high school, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him in the 34th round this past Saturday.  It was also significant because Cory had worn #34 at Arizona State.  Cory’s story is an inspiration to all, and we wanted to congratulate him on being drafted.  What an honor.

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

 

Jeremy

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High school baseball team lifts car to save life

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(Sacramento, California) The Valley High baseball team was practicing on the field when they heard screams from the parking lot.  Without delay, the 30 Varsity and JV players hopped the fence and ran towards the lot.

There they found a young student pinned under a car.  The driver accidentally backed into her and pinned her underneath without knowing.  The baseball team heroically lifted the car and rescued the young student.

"Their courage in a traumatic situation was truly remarkable. I couldn't be more proud. They turned a terrible situation into a heroic one.", their coach Brett Sawyer proudly stated.

And that's what's good,

Jon

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