On Wednesday night, Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs was honored by winning the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award at the Players Choice Awards.
The award is given to MLB players who serve as an inspiration to their local communities and to the baseball community as a whole for their efforts both on and off the field.
Rizzo was recognized for his work with the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, which he established in 2012 to provide support to the families of those diagnosed with cancer. He was also recognized for his $4 million dollar contribution to help establish the Hope 44 program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Rizzo was presented with this award just a few weeks after receiving the Roberto Clemente Award, which he also received in recognition for his charitable efforts.
When asked about winning the award, Rizzo stated:
“This is another amazing award to win, especially because it’s voted on by your peers. It means so much to be recognized for things like this. To be associated with Marvin Miller is something that’s incredible for what he’s done for the game of baseball.”
He went on to express his gratitude for those involved with his foundation:
“The foundation has really taken off over the last three to five years. We’re forever grateful to the donors who come to the events. It benefits kids with cancer and goes directly to families.”