Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer spoke emotionally and eloquently after Monday’s game at Nationals Park about the death of Phillies announcer Harry Kalas. That is no surprise, because Moyer is a good guy with a good heart.
When people sometimes ask me if a certain athlete is a good guy, if they are, I will say yes, for a professional athlete. When I say that, I mean within their peer group. The standard for them being a good guy is different from you and me. It just is.
Jamie Moyer would be a good guy no matter if he was a major league pitcher or a copy machine repairman.
He gives generously of his time and out of his pocket, and Washington, D.C.. will see that first hand this year. The Moyer Foundation will bring Camp Erin, the largest national network of free bereavement camps for children and teens who are grieving the loss of a family member or friend, to Washington.
According to a spokesman for the foundation, Camp Erin teaches children healthy ways to cope with grief, and provides resources for children to use during and after the camp. The Moyer Foundation is partnering with the Wendt Center to open Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC, a special camp for children and teens ages 6-17 in the Washington area who’ve lost someone close to them,, from July 31-- August 2nd at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville, Md.
Moyer’s “Campaign for Kids” initiative is designed to open a Camp Erin in more than 50 cities nationwide, including every MLB community.