Anthony Rizzo’s leadership qualities extend beyond the game

Those qualities shined through in his heartfelt speech Thursday night.

The tragic school shooting in Florida earlier this week was brought home to us as Cubs fans when we learned that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the alma mater of first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who graduated from the school in 2007.

Rizzo left Cubs spring camp in Mesa and traveled back to south Florida, where he makes his offseason home, to be with the community there. The Chicago Tribune reported that Rizzo knew some of the shooting victims.

Here’s the speech Rizzo made at a vigil Thursday evening in Florida:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas alum @ARizzo44 joins the Parkland community in mourning at tonight’s vigil.

— MLB (@MLB) February 16, 2018

We’ve seen Rizzo grow from a young man who fought cancer when he was barely out of high school to someone who became the on-field leader of the Cubs even before they became a contending team in 2015. The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation raises millions of dollars for cancer research; among the organizations it supports is the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Last October, he received baseball’s highest humanitarian honor, the …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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