Jamie Moyer made his Major League debut with the Chicago Cubs on June 16, 1986. He was credited with the win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Since then, he has compiled 267 wins and struck out 2,405 batters. His career has spanned over four decades and besides the Cubs, he has played with the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, and the Philadelphia Phillies. While his contributions on the field have been impressive, he’s quickly becoming known as more than a just baseball player.
In 2000, Jamie, along with his wife, Karen, founded the The Moyer Foundation in Seattle, Washington. The foundation serves the critical needs of children in severe distress. In the past 11 years, the foundation has raised millions of dollars and has helped children in many different ways. The Moyer foundation does not stop in Washington State, either. They created and fund Camp Erin, a free bereavement camp for children ages 6-17, which has 40 camp locations in over 25 states, as well as Canada. The camp helps children who have had a significant loss in their life. Another foundation, Camp Mariposa, was also founded by the Moyer’s and helps meet the needs of children and teens facing the difficult challenges associated with an addicted or co-dependent family member.
The Moyer Foundation has not gone unnoticed. The foundation won a coveted award in 2007 (2007 Sports Philanthropy Award – through Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and one in 2008 (2008 National Philanthropy Day Washington State Chapter – Outstanding Philanthropic Organization).
It’s a breath of fresh air to see people like Mr. and Mrs. Moyer helping children of all ages around the United States and Canada. I hope there are more people, like me, who begin to think of Moyer as a whole lot more than a baseball player. If you’re interested in more information, please visit their website; they can also be found on Facebook and Twitter (@themoyerfoundation).We at The Good In Sportssalute Jamie and Karen Moyer for their dedication to children and award Mr. Moyer with a TGiS Gold Star. Keep up the great work!© 2011 The Good In Sports