In the news: Cole Hamels coming to Kennett
Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Cole Hamels, one of the “Four Aces” of the Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff, is visiting Kennett High School and Middle School on Tuesday, May 3. He plans to thank the Kennett community for its efforts and generosity with respect to “Kennett Pitches In for The Hamels Foundation”, a community project that raised money to help the Foundation build a school for youth orphaned by the HIV/AIDS virus in Malawi, East Africa.
The Hamels Foundation was started in 2008 by Hamels and his wife, reality TV star Heidi (Strobel) Hamels, and has a dual mission of advancing the educational opportunities for youth in both inner-city Philadelphia and Malawi. The Hamels Foundation began creating a Primary School (grades K-8) in Southern Malawi that will provide the means for impoverished children to realize the full range of their potential.
The “Kennett Pitches In” Project has successfully raised $10,000 from children and families in the Kennett community, enough to build a named classroom (the “Kennett Classroom”) in the Malawi school.
The project was conceived and organized by Kennett High School freshman, Julia Baumel, and is the first project of her new non-profit (501c3) organization, Kids Pitch In (KPI). The mission of KPI is to mobilize youth in support of baseball-related charities and to serve as a conduit for Phillies Players’ Foundations, enabling them to tap into the enthusiasm and potential of the youth of Chester County in support of their foundations.
In order to raise the money for the Kennett Classroom, Baumel, with the help of numerous Kennett students and faculty, sold professionally-designed “Kennett Pitches In” T-shirts to kids in the Kennett community. Heidi Hamels helped kick- off the project with a visit to KHS on November 4th in order to raise awareness of the cause and create a “buzz” for the project.
At the May 3rd “Thank you” Assemblies Cole and Heidi will be speaking to the student bodies of the two schools, raffling off signed memorabilia including a signed baseballs, hats, photos, etc, and doing a “meet and greet” with students and faculty wearing project t-shirts.
Baumel, a lifelong Phillies fan hopes to someday work in the front office of the Phillies or other MLB organization. “I wanted to do something valuable in the community and connect it with my love of baseball. The Kennett Pitches In project is a neat way to do just that”, says Baumel.
“The Hamels Foundation is grateful to Julia for her initiative and enthusiasm in pursuing such a worthwhile project for those most impoverished. We are excited to help bring the Kennett community on board in supporting this worthy cause,” said Kathleen Dugas, chief operating officer of the Hamels Foundation.