I KNOW YOU'RE A HUGE PHILLIES FAN AND A BIG COLE HAMELS FAN. WHEN DID YOU BECOME SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THE TEAM AND YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?
"In 2008 around the World Series, but really in 2009, when they went back to the World Series, that I started watching every game."
WHY IS COLE HAMELS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?
"I like his leadership. I feel like he steps up and plays that leader role and gets everyone to follow and knows what he's doing on the field. He can also work with the old team.
He's not one of those leaders that's all conceited and only thinks about what would be good for him."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE RUMORS OF THEM TRADING HIM?
"They're really nerve wracking. I watch it all the time and I really shouldn't watch cause it's kind of my worst nightmare but it's one of those things that you can't help."
IF HE GOES TO ANOTHER TEAM, WOULD YOU STILL BE A PHILLIES FAN OR WOULD YOU SWITCH YOUR LOYALTY TO WHEREVER HE GOES?
"I'd be a Phillies fan but I'd watch the games that he pitches for his new team."
SINCE 2009, HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE OF THE PHILLIES?
"I go to a lot of the games, especially the ones he pitches. Last year we went to spring training. They were very up close and personal there."
THAT'S SO COOL. ARE YOU PLANNING ON GOING TO SPRING TRAINING AGAIN?
"Yeah, I am. This year."
"It's a non-profit foundation that benefits education in Philadelphia as well as Malawi, Africa."
WHAT KIND OF THINGS HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE ORGANIZATION, PERSONALLY?
"They set up tables at the Phillies games and promote the foundation, just by getting the word out there and letting people know what they've done. There's just little events at their store in Bryn Mawr, where they bring people in and talk about the foundation. In June there was a volunteer orientation, which I went to. They do a couple of them throughout the year just so they can get keep getting volunteers. The volunteers didn't even start until last year."
SO THEY DIDNT HAVE VOLUNTEERS UNTIL LAST YEAR?
"They worked within the foundation and now they're so much larger that they need volunteers too. Its great that they're promoting themselves and growing."
ARE THERE ANY EVENTS COMING UP THAT YOU'RE PARTICIPATING IN?
"The foundation has an event on February 5. They set up a table at Panera (Bread) and the receipts they get that night, half of the money will go to the foundation."
(Anyone interested in attending, the address is: Panera bread: 1991 Sproul Rd, Lawrence Park, Pennsylvania)
BEING 16, ARE YOUR FRIENDS AS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE PHILLIES OR SPORTS AS YOU ARE?
"My friends are very passionate about sports. They're more football oriented than baseball but they also love baseball. So that's something we can connect on."
DO YOU THINK GETTING RID OF JIMMY ROLLINS WAS A GOOD MOVE? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE STATE OF THE TEAM?
"I feel like the Jimmy move wasn't a great move. Also Marlon Byrd (being traded). They were two of our really good hitters last year and then we're trading people that can hit. But, we also need to start rebuilding so it makes sense as well. I was sad (about the Jimmy trade) cause he was here for 18 years."
More about the Hamels foundation from their Facebook page:
The Hamels Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the power of education by giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals.
The Hamels Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series MVP and 3-time MLB All-star pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi, who grew up in Buffalo, MO and graduated from Drury University. The Hamels Foundation has a dual purpose to provide support for quality education in the United States and establish a school in Malawi, Africa. The Hamels Foundation takes a community-based approach to education by providing assistance to schools as well as supporting other education based non-profits. This includes but is not limited to providing stimulating learning environments, high-quality educational programs and necessary provisions to promote learning.
For more information contact:
Lauren Henderson, Retail and Office Manager
The Hamels Foundation Retail Store, West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA