Maddon: "Whatever you put out there will come back to you"


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Dale Zanine - USA Today Sports
Dale Zanine - USA Today Sports

Can you imagine Chicago Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon feeling dejected? There was indeed a sad moment right after he was turned down for a coaching position. He boarded a plane for Texas to start working as a roving hitting instructor. Wanting to decompress, he was not planning to engage in any conversations. However, he did start talking to a woman sitting next to him. Among other things they discussed, she told him, 'Whatever you put out there will come back to you.'

That comment allowed Maddon to put a new perspective on his career. Twenty plus years later, he shared via mlb.com, “Understand whatever you put out there will come back to you. If you give respect, you'll get respect in return. That's the message and the only message I want to get out of that. If you really believe that and live by that, a lot of things will come your way, and on the baseball field, a lot of good things will come your way."

Respect 90 (the 90 is the number of feet between home and first base) isn’t just a saying for Maddon. It is the name of his Cubs’ charity. Before a March spring training game this season, the foundation sponsored the ‘Respect Bald’ event. Players and fans had their heads shaved and donated almost $70,000 to benefit pediatric cancer research and support. Last summer Respect 90 held the annual main event and it raised over $270,000 to provide boxing programs for at-risk youth.

Cubs Charities started back in 1981 after 27-year old infielder Steve Macko passed away from cancer. The team’s doctor, Jacob Suker, wanted the team to raise money for cancer research and treatment programs. Originally called “Cubs Care,” the first event was a team ‘meet and greet’ for fans.

A decade later, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation joined forces with Cubs Care. The Foundation contributes 50 cents for each $1 raised by the team charities. Together the Foundation and the team pay all administrative costs, allowing every dollar fundraised to go to at-risk youth and their families. Over the years more than $20 million has been given out in the form of 700 grants in education, youth sports, health, and wellness.

Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation and Cubs Charities support the following programs:

Academy for Urban School Leadership

Action for Healthy Kids

Advocate Charitable Foundation

Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation

Big Brother Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

Boys and Girls Club of America

Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Center on Halsted

Chicago Gateway Green

Chicago House

Chicago Park District

Chicago Parks Foundation

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Chicago Public Library Foundation

Chicago Run

Chicago Scholars

Christopher House

Chronic Care International

City Year Chicago

Fergie Jenkins Foundation

Gigi's Playhouse

Girls in the Game

Heartland Health Center

House of the Good Shepherd

Housing Opportunities for Women

Illinois Patriot Education Fund

Lake View YMCA

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago

Major League Baseball Charities

Metropolitan Family Services

Misericordia

National Runaway Safeline

One Goal

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Respect 90 Foundation

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Presence St. Joseph Hospital

Tutoring Chicago

Union League Boys & Girls Club Cubs RBI

Urban Alliance

Urban Initiatives

USO Military Youth Programs

Wood Family Foundation

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