Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels’ education charity and signed-memorabilia gift store will open to the public today.
The Hamels Foundation held their grand opening Friday night for supporters inside their new digs at 880 W. Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr.
Cole and his wife, Heidi, who started their foundation in 2008 in Center City, are on a mission to help inner-city schools and establish a school in South Africa’s Malawi.
The store features an array of signed memorabilia, gifts, and Phillies’ gear all donated by Cole. Items include a $100 signed copy of the Sports Illustrated published after the Phillies’ victory in the 2008 World Series and game-used Hamels’ cleats for $700, according to MainLine Media News. There are also more affordable items like designed t-shirts and jewelry.
“Hopefully, this shows that we are here to stay,” Heidi Hamels told MainLine Media News. “Cole and I are honored to be part of Philadelphia and the local community.”
The office and retail shop hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.