Stoneman Douglas H.S. names baseball stadium after Anthony Rizzo

Feb 06, 2020 243

BY: Larry Hawley

One of the things that Cubs’ fans have learned about their prominent first baseman is that he’s never afraid to support his alma mater in Florida. In 2018, Anthony Rizzo showed that in a number of ways. After donating $150,000 to Stoneman Douglas High School the previous November to help install lights at their baseball field, he held a fundraiser that February to raise another $150,000 to get enough money to fund the campaign.

A month later, when the school was suffering through the horror of a mass shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead, Rizzo left Cubs’ spring training in Mesa, Arizona to give a speech of support to the community. The bond between athlete and alma mater is very strong in this case, and this week, Stoneman Douglas had one way to honor Rizzo for his contributions to the school.

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