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Curtis Granderson to speak at First United Methodist Church

Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 6:00pm

Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson
information provided by First United Methodist Church

LANSING, Ill. (December 26, 2017) – Professional baseball player and TF South alum Curtis Granderson will return to Lansing on Saturday, January 6. He will be speaking at the First United Methodist Church at 18420 Burnham Avenue, and the public is invited.

At 5:00pm the church will host a chili dinner in their fellowship hall. At 6:00pm Granderson will speak in the sanctuary, sharing his life and work. Both events are open to the public, and there is no charge for either.

Granderson grew up in Lynwood, Illinois, playing Little League and attending Nathan Hale Elementary School, Heritage Middle School, and TF South High School, where he played baseball and basketball. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and led the UIC Flames in home runs and walks.

According to Wikipedia: “Curtis Granderson Jr. (born March 16, 1981) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers (2004–2009), New York Yankees (2010–2013), New York Mets (2014–2017) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2017). He throws right handed and bats left handed.” Wikipedia also cites Granderson’s commitment to community and charitable works.

Granderson has been an overseas ambassador for baseball, and in 2011 he was voted one of the friendliest players in the Majors.

He wrote a book that was published in August 2009. And he started the “Grand Kids Foundation” to raise money for the education of inner-city children. The charity is close to his heart, and at the January 6 event a free will offering will be taken to support its work.

First United Methodist Church is located at 18420 Burnham Avenue in Lansing. For more information about Curtis Granderson’s visit, call 708-474-1144 or email [email protected].


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. Minnesota? Curtis made his Major League debut against Minnesota while playing for Detroit in 2004. He was a Tiger from 2004-2009 before going to New York. His first major league hit was against the Chicago White Sox.

    • Thank you for the correction, Mr. Wood. I’ve updated the article to cite information from Wikipedia rather than what was provided. We appreciate your attention to detail!

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