Pizza is one of the most universal experiences that Americans can share. Whether it’s deep dish from Chicago, some New York-style massive thin crust or whatever delicious delights your local establishment serves up hot and ready, chances are each one of you has enjoyed your fair share of pizza. Little Cesears has recently made a promise to make finding that tasty pie even easier thanks to an amazing development in the latest March Madness college basketball tournament.
The popular pizza chain is giving away free pizza on April 2 during lunchtime, thanks to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers’ historic victory as a 16-seed over the number 1-seeded University of Virginia.
Little Cesears was betting on statistics when it made the promise of free lunch for a 16 over a 1 seed, because it has never happened in the history of college basketball. The game wasn’t nearly as close as you would have imagined either, as the underdog topped Virginia by twenty points in the end.
The promotion only runs for a short amount of time, but no one can say that the pizza chain didn’t follow through on it’s promises. The line could get very long on April 2nd though, and the promotion is only valid from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., typical lunch hours.
Many of us have enjoyed a Little Cesears slice of pizza in our time, but few know the true history behind the famous chain. No, it wasn’t started by a little guy named Cesear but rather a man who spent his life giving away much of his fortune to worthy causes. Michael Ilitch Sr. was not only the owner of Little Cesears, but the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers as well.
He sadly passed away in February, 2017, leaving behind his philanthropic legacy to his loving family. They knew about most of his amazing work in the realm of charity, but few knew the extent to which he went to help those who were in need.
In 1994, Ilitch was struck with concern when he heard about the robbery and assault of Rosa Parks, one of the most famous and well-loved civil rights activists ever. He decided to do something to help her out, given his vast network of resources. He aided her in moving to a far nicer, safer home and then never allowed her to pay rent, not even for one month for the rest of his life.
“It’s important that people know what Mr. Mike Ilitch did for Ms. Rosa Parks because it’s symbolic of what he has always done for the people of our city,” Christopher Botta wrote in Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.
So when you go to get your free combo meal from Little Cesears on the second, remember this man’s legacy. Perhaps in return for his generosity, you could do something to help someone out in your local community or social circle. It doesn’t take owning sports teams and famous food franchises to help those around you – it just makes it easier to do so.
What do you do to contribute to your local community? Share in the comments!