Jamie and Karen Moyer are bonded by sports, but they are about so much more than that.
While Jamie attempts to continue his 24-year big league pitching career by making a comeback with the Colorado Rockies at age 49, the Moyers also continue to have an intense focus off the field.
Not only are they raising eight children of their own, they are pouring their energy into helping other children as well, through The Moyer Foundation. The non-profit organization aims to help children who are living in distress by providing education in support.
Most notably, the program supports Camp Erin, which helps kids deal with the loss of a loved one. The camp has been in existence for 11 years and operates in more than 40 cities across the US. The idea is for kids to find support among others going through the same thing, in an environment a little more comfortable than one-on-one counseling.
Among those to attend Camp Erin is Faith Rhodes, daughter of pitcher Arthur Rhodes, who lost her brother Jordan, then 5, to cancer in Dec. 2008.
In 2010, ESPN produced a moving feature on Camp Erin. “They followed us for four months,” Karen Moyer said. “Every kid there’s a story within a story. For us it was time to recognize that we’re pretty good at what we do. It’s a free camp and we need to capitalize on others that care about the same mission.”
“This could have a profound effect on the health of our country and break the cycle of addiction,” Karen Moyer said.
Moyer says she thinks about their mission “24-7,” and uses connections through baseball to “try to open doors and take things to another level.”
In addition to her many hats, Karen Moyer is also a driving force behind Spouses in Sports, a web site that aims to be a support center for women who are married to or in a relationship with a professional athlete.
“My experience being in sports all my life, I know all sides of it,” she said. “And now I’m about to become a mother of an athlete. We need support groups on all levels. I hope to grow this and leave it behind for the next generation and all athletes."
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