Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels has restored all faith in humanity, donating his $9.4 million mansion to charity.
Although society has seemingly taken a turn for the worst lately, there still are good people out there. A prime example of that is Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels who recently did something that is unheard of and may never happen again in the history of sports.
Hamels, a 33-year-old left-hander from San Diego, Calif., made a huge donation to charity along with his wife Heidi, according to ESPN. That may not seem like a big deal, but it’s what he donated that has people talking.
The veteran pitcher donated a his $9.4 million mansion in Missouri to Camp Barnabas which is a charity that hosts camps for children with special needs as well as chronic illnesses. His home, 32,000 square feet, along with his 100 acres of land were given to the charity, showing that Hamels realizes there’s more to life than money and sports.
This is one of those feel-good stories that could make anyone a fan of a certain player for the duration of his career. He has likely earned himself life-long fans thanks to the extremely generous donation and hopefully, it sparks more donations like this in the future.
Sure, you could say that Hamels makes millions of dollars a year and losing $9.4 million won’t break his bank, but you’d be hard-pressed to find another athlete who’s willing to give his own home and property to charity and expect nothing in return. Most athletes would jump at the opportunity to make that nearly $10 million back on the market, especially knowing retirement could be approaching.
Hamels has to earn one of the good guy of the year awards as his wife is right there with him as a great role model for all of society. These kind of people don’t grow on trees.