Cole Hamels is stopping by Kennett High School and Middle School next week to thank students for raising money for the Hamels Foundation.
Students at the schools raised $10,000 with their Kennett Pitches In project to help build a school for children in Malawi orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
Cole and wife Heidi will raffle off signed Phillies gear at the schools Tuesday when they thank the students and the project organizer, Kennett High School Freshman Julia Baumel.
The Daily Local reports Baumel led the project as part of a nonprofit she started, Kids Pitch In, 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.”
The Kennett Pitches In project raised enough money to build a classroom (the Kennett Classroom) at the Malawi school.