Baseball Star Donates $9.75M Home to Nonprofit

December 18, 2017Dec 18, 2017

ABC Philadelphia reports that a former Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi are donating their mansion to a non-profit organization called Barnabas. The home is worth a total of $9.75 million and spans an impressive 32,000 square feet.

The home, which can be seen in the image below, is located in Table Rock Lake in Ozarks, which is located outside of Branson, Missouri. It sits on 105 acres of land and features 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 6 half-baths, and four living areas.

The former baseball star's decision to donate his home to a non-profit was intended to help children with special needs and chronic illnesses. 

"Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it," Cole said in a statement. "Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way."

According to Yahoo News, "Camp Barnabas offers day camp programs for kids with chronic illnesses and special needs, matching each camper with their own volunteer and offering scholarships so no kid is turned away. And to make sure they can accommodate every kid regardless of any kind of need, they have a full medical facility on staff with doctors and nurses."

The mansion first went under construction when Hamels was still a member of the Phillies, before being traded to the Texas Rangers. Over the years, Barnabas has provided life-changing experiences to more than 75,000 campers and missionaries, and the former baseball player decided that he wants to money made by selling his mansion to contribute to the life-changing experiences of many more.

Yahoo News writes that the gift will benefit thousands of kids with special needs and chronic illnesses, and it will also help their parents, siblings, and friends. 

"The holidays are a time for giving and thinking of others," writes Yahoo, "and Cole and Heidi Hamels obviously take that sentiment to heart."

Hamels, 33, still has one year on his six-year deal worth a total of $144 million, which he signed with the Rangers after his trade from the Phillies. The four-time-all-star went 11-6 with a 4.20 ERA and 105 strikeouts, according to Sporting News.

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