By Phil Thompson – September 9, 2018
Stefan Xidas got his wish: He’ll sing the national anthem at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs fan, who has Down Syndrome, waged a media campaign to get Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts to greenlight his dream if he raised at least $5,000 for Special Olympics Chicago.
Well, Xidas raised more than $11,000 in pledges on his GoFundMe page, and the Cubs promised to let him sing before Monday’s game against the Brewers. They’ll also match the donation.
Xidas made a convincing argument in his letter to Ricketts.
“If Tom isn’t able to make this happen, I will still be donating the money to the Special Olympics. This is an organization that is helping so many people like myself. I really love and appreciate the work that they do.”
Cubs Charities donated $100,000 to Special Olympics earlier this year in honor of the organization’s 50th anniversary.