For Immediate Release
PITCHER JAMIE MOYER, 49, ACHIEVES SECOND GOAL:
OPENS CAMPS FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN IN ALL MLB CITIES
Oldest Winning Pitcher in Baseball Supports 2,500 Bereaved Youth Annually
Seeks Funding to Reach Much More
DENVER, Colo. (Apr. 18, 2012) – Major League Baseball pitcher and philanthropist Jamie Moyer, recently named to the starting rotation of the Colorado Rockies, entered the record books last night at the age of 49 as the oldest pitcher to ever win a Major League game. His 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres beat the previous age record held by Brooklyn Dodger Jack Quinn set almost 80 years ago.
For the veteran left-hander, this historic win pales in comparison to another goal he set for The Moyer Foundation which he co-founded with his wife, Karen, in 2000. Camp Erin™, the Foundation’s free bereavement camp for children and teens grieving the death of someone close to them, has added two new locations this spring including New York City and Houston. The recent expansion to nearly 40 camps serving 2,500 children annually now means there’s a Camp Erin commitment in every Major League Baseball city.
Camp Erin New York City has been added in partnership with COPE Foundation; Camp Erin Houston will open in partnership with Hospice Care Team, Inc. Another location, Camp Erin of the Carolinas in partnership with Hospice of Rutherford County, will host its first camp this summer in the Charlotte area. Catholic Hospice, Inc. has been announced as the new partner organization to facilitate Camp Erin South Florida serving children in the Miami area.
“It has always been important to me to give back off the field. We have succeeded with our mission at The Moyer Foundation of helping children in distress coast to coast through the support of so many individuals and corporations,” Moyer said yesterday after his historic game at Coors Field in Denver. “Our greatest accomplishment in 12 years has been Camp Erin which we now proudly have in every MLB city. It's a legacy Karen and I wanted to give back to baseball which has blessed us in so many ways.”
Moyer points to the critical need to support America’s bereaved children. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 1.5 million children are grieving the death of a parent and one in seven Americans will lose a parent or sibling before age 20. Research indicates these children are at a much greater risk for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.
“We’re off to a good start, but reaching only 2,500 kids each year is not enough. We hope to serve over 5,000 grieving children by 2014, but need additional financial support to achieve these goals, something our national offices in Philadelphia and Seattle focus on every day,” Moyer said.
Until last night, Jack Quinn held the current record for the oldest pitcher to win a game. The Brooklyn Dodger was 49 years, 70 days old when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 13, 1932, according to www.baseball-reference.com. Moyer, who turns 50 on Nov. 18, set the record at 49 years, 150 days.
For more information on The Moyer Foundation visit www.moyerfoundation.org. For a list of the camps and the session dates, visit www.moyerfoundation.org/programs/CampErin_FindYourCamp.aspx. Moyer’s biography and baseball stats can be found at http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com.
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About The Moyer Foundation
The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) organization with offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Seattle, Washington. The organization was founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher, Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. The Foundation’s mission is to empower children in distress by providing education and support – helping them to live healthy and inspired lives. In addition to community-funded grants, The Moyer Foundation also created and funds Camp Erin™, the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country for grieving children and teens (40 camps in over 25 states); and Camp Mariposa™, a free camp program for children living with addiction/substance abuse in their families with locations in Washington, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Florida. The Moyer Foundation raises funds through special events, corporate partners and individual donors. For more information, visit www.moyerfoundation.org.