HughE Dillon One-Shot: Cole Hamels Dons a Hard Hat

The Phillies pitcher’s foundation helps Philadelphia school get state-of-the-art playground.

Yesterday in Hunting Park, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, wife Heidi Hamels, board members and sponsors cut the ribbon on Bayard Taylor Elementary’s newly renovated playground. Where there was once a bleak blacktop more conducive to a parking lot, there are now jungle gyms, spinning chairs, basketball and soccer courts, a gorgeous greenhouse, an area to play board games, and an iPad station. It’s not your mother’s playground. All this was made possible by a $300,000 grant from the Hamels Foundation, as well as support from several generous sponsors. Check out PhillyChitChat.com for more photos of the event and playground. Below: G-N Kang (director of operations of Hamels Foundation), Debra Drossner (principal at Bayard Taylor Elementary), Heidi Hamels, Cole Hamels, David Montgomery (Phillies president), James Sheehan and Justin Wineburgh.