MLB pitcher donates $9.4 million 'dream home' to special-needs camp

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In this Jan. 18, 2009, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, right, and his wife Heidi talk following a news conference in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek, File) In this Jan. 18, 2009, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, right, and his wife Heidi talk following a news conference in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek, File)

(Meredith) — Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, are donating a $9.4 million mansion and 100 acres of land in southwest Missouri.

The 32,000-square foot home will be donated to Camp Barnabas, a charity that provides camps for children with special needs and chronic illnesses.

Cole Hamels said he and his wife chose the non-profit because it "really pulled at our heartstrings." 

“Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it. Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way," he said in a statement

The mansion and land are off Table Rock Lake near Reeds Springs. Heidi Hamels grew up in Buffalo, Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reports an attorney for the couple said they thought the mansion would be their dream home. But when Hamels was traded to the Rangers, they moved to Texas and never moved into the Missouri house.

Camp Barnabas said in a press release that the Hamels' gift is the largest donation in the organization's history.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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