Cole Hamels donates mansion to special needs camp

  • Cole Hamels donates mansion to special needs camp

Cole Hamels donates mansion to special needs camp

"There are tons of awesome charities in southwest Missouri", Cole Hamels said in a statement.

Cole Hamels said in a news release that he and his wife wanted to help the charity make children's dreams come true. When the former World Series MVP was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2015, the couple chose to move to Texas instead.

Hamels announced Friday that he is donating the mansion to a camp for kids with chronic illnesses and other special needs.

"Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it", Hamels, who now pitches for the Rangers, told KXAS.

Camp Barnabas has two locations in the Ozarks and notes in its values that "Christ comes first always" and staffers "point people to Christ in everything we do".

The 32,000-square-foot mansion will be the largest gift in the history of Barnabas, according to a press release by the Hamels Foundation.

In August, Cole Hamels put a mansion he'd had been building in southwest Missouri on the market, at an asking price of nearly $10 million.

The Hamels began building the mansion in 2012 when he was still with the Phillies.

The mansion and land is near Table Rock Lake near Reeds Springs. Camp Barnabas has provided life-changing experiences to more than 75,000 campers and missionaries over the past 24 years.

Hamels's donation came just after a gift to Camp Barnabas from golfer Jordan Spieth, which was described (via the Springfield News-Leader) as allowing 100 children to spend a week at the camp.