Rangers' Hamels Donates Large Property To Charity

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Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, have donated a $9.4 million mansion to a charity that holds camps for children with chronic illnesses and special needs.

The Hamels donated the $9,418,400 home and 100 acres of land to nonprofit Camp Barnabas on Dec. 15, according to ESPN. The 32,000-square-foot mansion is on Table Rock Lake, near Branson, Missouri.

The couple had reportedly bought the mansion intending to move into it, but Cole Hamels was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Texas Rangers, and the couple moved to Texas instead.

"There are tons of amazing charities in Southwest Missouri," said Cole Hamels in a press release from Camp Barnabas. "Out of all of these, Barnabas really pulled on our heartstrings. 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."

Camp Barnabas has held camps for individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses, reportedly serving more than 75,000 campers and missionaries in 24 years, according to the Hamels Foundation's website. The nonprofit organization has also created a faith-based collegiate program for students with special needs.

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"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," said the organization's CEO, Jason Brawner. "We have no doubt that this gift will allow us to do just that."

"We have no intention of utilizing this property as a summer camp. Outside this, all possibilities for the future of this property, as they relate to our mission, are under consideration," said Brawner at a press conference, according to MLB.com.

"The Barnabas Foundation, along with our board of directions, has no intention of selling the property in the immediate future," added Brawner. "This will give us ample time to determine how it can best be used to further the ministry of Barnabas."

Krystal Simon, Camp Barnabas' chief development officer, said the donation was "so much more than a beautiful property."

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"This incredible gift allows us to further our ministry and truly change thousands of lives for years to come," Simon said.

"We love that Barnabas sees the bigger picture," the Hemels said. "They are changing the way the world sees disability ministry."

"Heidi and I are extremely blessed, and this home is our opportunity to give back and make a significant impact for generations to come," said Cole Hamels.

Sources: ESPN, MLB.com, Camp Barnabas, The Hamels Foundation / Featured Image: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Camp Barnabas

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