The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago received a generous gift on Friday when the new "Cubs Classroom" was revealed.
Chicago Cubs Charities made the donation to serve as the center of the hospital's educational programming as a way to keep the children engaged throughout their hospital stay.
"The Chicago Cubs and Chicago Cubs Charities are committed to being active participants in the community," said Cubs owner and board member Laura Rickets, who serves as the chair of the board of Chicago Cubs Charities. "It is my hope through this effort and our continued partnership; we will help Lurie Children's impact many more lives and help all children reach their full potential."
The new classroom is expected to welcome around 36,000 visitors each year as it provides space for all activities from schoolwork to science experiments.
"We are extremely grateful for the commitment of the Cubs organization and their dedication to helping us brighten the lives of children and their families in the months and years ahead," said Tom Sullivan, President of the Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation." This wonderful new Cubs Classroom space will stimulate the important learning and growth for countless young patients in the future."
"Over the years, we've supported numerous health and fitness initiatives and enjoyed our relationship with Children's Memorial Hospital," added Ricketts. "Now, we look forward to continuing our partnership with Lurie Children's Hospital."