Major League Baseball Announces Co-founder Cole Hamels as Texas Rangers 2018 Roberto Clemente Award Nominee.
Today, Major League Baseball announced 30 Club nominees for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual award for Major League players, is the annual recognition of a player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
We are thrilled to announce that co-founder Cole Hamels is in the running once again this year, as the Texas Rangers nominee. Although he was traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 27, 2018, Clubs submitted their 2018 Roberto Clemente Award nominations to Major League Baseball in early July.
Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character. Voting officially opens Wednesday, September 5th, the seventeenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award.
“The Rangers nominated Cole Hamels for a third consecutive year for the Roberto Clemente Award due to the extraordinary community contributions made by Cole and Heidi Hamels and The Hamels Foundation,” said Rangers Chief Operating Officer and Rangers Foundation Chairman Neil Leibman. “Cole is a most worthy candidate for this prestigious award, and we felt it was very appropriate that he remain our 2018 nominee. We thank Cole and Heidi and The Hamels Foundation for the impact they have made.”
Throughout his career, Cole has personally donated over $20.6 million to educational and nonprofit organizations both domestically and internationally, in the hopes of changing the lives of children around the world. Cole’s efforts shined this past off-season, when he and co-founder Heidi Hamels gifted their 32,000 square foot home on Table Rock Lake, Missouri to Camp Barnabas. Located in Southwest Missouri, Camp Barnabas is a non-profit organization making dreams come true for individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses. Over the past 24 years, Barnabas has provided life-changing experiences to more than 75,000 campers and missionaries. The gift, valued at $9.5 million, marks the largest donation in the history of Camp Barnabas.
Beyond this milestone, Cole Hamels has personally donated $1.1 million to various nonprofit organizations. During his three years with the Rangers, Cole collaborated with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in underwriting classrooms at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy and hosted military personnel from area bases as part of his Operation 35 program, underwriting the total cost of $36,000.
In addition to his personal efforts, Cole’s nomination recognizes the work of The Hamels Foundation. As we strive to provide hope and a brighter future for children through the power of education, co-founders Cole and Heidi Hamels make this possible by underwriting all administrative expenses, so that 100% your donations directly support our programs and projects. To date, the Hamels have donated $5.9 million to underwrite The Hamels Foundation and our mission, as well as an additional $4.1 million raised through donors and fundraising events.
Our Chief Operations Officer, Kathy Greene, will be attending a Texas Rangers pre-game ceremony tomorrow honoring Cole’s nomination. She will also be accepting the award on his behalf.
The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be announced during the 2018 World Series and is selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel including: Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto’s wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador).
Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, Wednesday, September 5th, until Tuesday, September 18th, fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award. We encourage you to vote for Cole Hamels – a man of outstanding character and community involvement, both on and off the field.
Cast your vote at: mlb.com/clemente21.