Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels is a major league baseball star, making millions of dollars just for playing a game.
Some athletes spend their riches on lavish clothes, fast cars, and huge mansions. In that last respect, Cole isn’t different from them. But what he and his family are doing with his nearly $10 million mansion is something very unexpected.
Cole and his wife Heidi have donated their palatial estate and more than 100 acres of property with it to Camp Barnabas, a Christian group that provides camp experiences for children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and special needs.
As the pitcher wrote in a statement, via ESPN:
“Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it…. Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way.”
The family originally purchased the mansion because it was just 85 miles from where Heidi was born and raised in Missouri. However Cole was traded to the Texas Rangers, and that is where the family has made their home.