Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, are donating a mansion and 100 acres of land in southwest Missouri to charity that provides camps for children with special needs and chronic illnesses and their siblings.
The 32,000-square foot home will be donated to Camp Barnabas.
The mansion and land is near Table Rock Lake near Reeds Springs. Heidi Hamels grew up in Buffalo, Missouri.
The Springfield News-Leader reports an attorney for the couple said they thought the mansion would be their dream home. But when Hamels was traded to the Rangers, they moved to Texas and never moved into the Missouri house.
After reportedly looking to sell the home for $9.75 million this summer, they changed their minds. Instead of selling the house, they have donated it to Camp Barnabas, a nonprofit charity that provides help and camps to those with special needs and their siblings.
"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."
- Hamels in a release from The Hamels Foundation
Hamels in his 12 year career in the Big Leagues has earned more than $150 million dollars as an MLB pitcher and has given back whenever he can through his foundation with the gift to Camp Barnabas being his biggest.