Cubs fan with Down syndrome to sing national anthem at Wrigley after meeting fundraising goal | Chicago Tribune

Stefan Xidas, a Cubs fan with Down syndrome, has raised more than $11,000 as of Wednesday as part of a challenge to Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts to let him sing the national anthem at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have since granted his wish.

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By Phil Thompson – September 9, 2018
Chicago Tribune

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.

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