The Hamels Foundation in partnership with Philadelphia Baseball Tournaments

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Last year saw over 40 teams compete for a tremendous cause while helping to raise over $3,500 for an on-campus sports facility in Malawi, Africa! Instead of awarding trophies, each age bracket champion donated $500 to The Hamels Foundation. This year, each team has the chance to fundraise and help extend the lasting impact sports has on our youth's education across the globe.

The Hamels Foundation Description: The Hamels Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by former Phillies Pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi. Our mission is to change lives and improve communities around the globe through the power of education.

The Hamels Foundation assists U.S. schools and other education-based nonprofits to provide stimulating learning environments, high-quality educational programs, and necessary provisions to promote learning. Our global commitment extends to the awareness and elimination of HIV/AIDS, as well as the intervention of orphaned children to break the cycle of poverty in Malawi, Africa, one of the most impoverished nations in the world. 

Since 2012, The Hamels Foundation has worked in Malawi to build a primary school (grades 1-8) in order to empower children through education. Because of you and last year’s gifts, we are able to provide students in Malawi with an on-campus sports facility and extend the lasting impact sports has on our youth's education across the globe.

This year each team will have an opportunity to access their own fundraising page to have a direct impact on the completion of Project Malawi! 

Each Age Bracket Champion will donate $500 towards The Hamels Foundation & Project Malawi.

Why Give?

100% of donations directly impact the lives of students in Malawi, Africa

Our Mission

To change lives and improve communities around the globe through quality educational resources and opportunities.


Together, we are building dreams through sports and education for Project Malawi!

Why focus on sports?

Studies show that sports have a positive impact on educational outcomes including academic performance, greater inclusivity, and participation in the classroom, as well as improvements to student health and preparedness for the future.

Academic Performance: Participation in sports and physical activity, both inside and outside the classroom, positively impacts students’ academic performance and efficiency.

Learning: Integrating sports into students’ routines increases their ability to learn and apply new skills; access knowledge and experience; and apply organizational and memory skills.

Attention & Concentration: Routine participation in sports leads to higher levels of attentiveness in classrooms, increasing students’ ability to concentrate on, absorb and recall content and subject materials.

Cognition & Brain Function: Frequent participation in sports from a young age encourages positive cognitive development in youth – developing and learning to use the core skills of the brain to think, read, learn, remember, reason and problem solve.

Inclusivity & Participation: Sports provide students with the opportunity to interact and engage with others – promoting strong relationships and helping to make the classroom a positive space for learning. Team-based sports can be particularly beneficial in overcoming divides as they instill a shared sense of identity, fellowship, and purpose between participants. This is especially important for students in Malawi, Africa, as sports empower young women and girls who continue to be under-represented in school sports and physical education.

Physical Health: Children who play sports have a decreased risk of illness and disease, as well as lower involvement in drug and alcohol use.

Mental Health: Sports can impact mental health by fostering feelings of safety, connection, and purpose. Integrating sport in education can also help to reduce levels of anxiety, stress, and depression, as well as improve levels of confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth.

Preparedness for the Future: Sports in schools enable students to develop the skills, knowledge, and networks not only to succeed in the classroom but at home, in the community, and in their careers.


Million donated to school construction costs


Thousand individuals impacted annually


Students educated annually


Local jobs created