Cole Hamels, Wife Heidi Donate $9.75 Million Mansion to Special Needs Charity

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2017

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, announced they will donate their $9.75 million mansion in Branson, Missouri, to Camp Barnabas, an organization that "helps individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses," according to Hannah Everman of NBCDFW.com.   

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

According to Everman, the Hamels began building the 32,000-square-foot mansion in 2012 and put it up for sale in August before deciding to donate it to Barnabas. It is the largest gift in the history of the organization.

Ben Russell of NBC5 shared images of the house in August: 

"Our mission is to change lives through disability ministry, and we've been strategically looking for ways to expand our ministry outside of a summer camp," Camp Barnabas CEO Jason Brawner said. "We have no doubt this gift will allow us to do just that." 

The home sits on 104.7 acres of land.

Hamels, 33, went 11-6 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 105 strikeouts in 24 starts for the Texas Rangers this past season.

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