Since 2009, The Hamels Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million in grant funding to support educational programs and projects throughout Philadelphia, PA and its surrounding communities. While Cole was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies from 2006-2015, including a World Series Championship in 2008, The Hamels Foundation awarded some of the largest public school grants ever in the city of Philadelphia. Grant funding supported an array of projects, including STEM science labs, library and auditorium renovations, classroom libraries, music equipment and more.

The largest grant awarded in Philadelphia was in 2012 to Bayard Taylor Elementary School. The Hamels Foundation presented Bayard Taylor Elementary School with a grant in excess of $358,000 (after total project costs) to renovate and expand the school’s existing playground.

During renovations, the playground was completely redone and now includes larger, safer equipment, new basketball and sports court, beautiful wall mural, outdoor checker and chess tables, safety surface with a track and more. Since completion, the playground has served as a source of civic pride to the school as well as to the community as a whole.

As part of The Hamels Foundation continued commitment to Philadelphia, any school located in Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding communities are eligible to apply for grant funding through The Hamels Foundation annual Partners in Education Grant Program.