Oh, Cole Hamels, is there anything you can’t do? One of the Phillies’ many do-gooders, he and wife Heidi spent the morning handing over big checks to 17 public schools in Philadelphia, totaling $200,000.
Among the recipients was Swenson Arts & Technology High School in the Northeast, which got a $50,000 donation from the Hamels Foundation for a new fitness center to replace the auto repair shop currently being passed off as a gym.
The Hamels Foundation is one of four Phillies-based organizations teaming up for the July Philly Financial Day event, in which area financial institutions will donate a portion of their trading commissions and transactional revenues to the foundations and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The Inquirer was there this morning when Hamels explained why he’s giving to the schools. The answer: same place he got those boyish good looks: he gets it from his parents.