Major League Baseball players and most professional athletes, for that matter, do a tremendous job in giving back to their communities or favorite charities. Athletes can give back in a number of different ways, whether it be money, time or both.
Hamels and his wife Heidi are donating $200,000 to 17 Philadelphia public schools. Swenson Arts and Technology High School, a school which Hamels and his wife visited, will receive $50,0000 for a new fitness center.
The school is currently using a section of its auto shop as a makeshift gym.
Ray is using his love of beer to help a cause.
Ray will be working with the Fremont Brewing Company to brew a beer called Homefront IPA. The beer will be sold at Safeco Field and around Seattle to raise money for the Operation Homefront organization that provides emergency financial assistance to the families of military personnel.
Ray has apparently been brewing his own beer since his minor league days, so this is right up his alley.
These are two great stories and just show that there are many ways to give back. Kudos to Hamels and Ray for doing their part.