By Doug Miller / MLB.comJamie Moyer was born and raised in Pennsylvania and pitched at St. Joseph's University, so when he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2006, it was a homecoming of sorts.
But for a man who had his greatest success as a Major League pitcher with the Mariners, he'll always be a Seattleite.
Seattle is where his wife, Karen, and their six children still live, and that's where the truly defining characteristic of his life and work, the Moyer Foundation, is based.
The Foundation was started in Seattle in 2000 to support children who are "enduring a time of profound emotional, physical or financial distress," according to the foundation's mission statement. Since that time, the foundation has raised more than $15 million to support more than 150 non-profit organizations that aid children in distress.
Several of the foundation's key projects, such as The Gregory Fund, which supports early cancer detection research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and the Camp Erin children's bereavement programs have earned Moyer some serious philanthropic hardware.
He's won the Roberto Clemente award, the Lou Gehrig Award, the Sporting News Good Guys Award and the Branch Rickey Humanitarian Award, and he's been inducted into the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame.
"When we started this [Moyer Foundation], our goal wasn't to get accolades, but it's nice to be recognized for it," Moyer said. "We are trying to do good things and set good examples for people in the area we live in."
Vera Clemente, the widow of the great Roberto Clemente, for whom MLB's highest community honor is named, had this to say about Moyer in 2003 when the veteran left-hander won the award: "Jamie is one of the most accomplished pitchers in Mariners history, leading the Major Leagues in winning percentage over the last eight years, but it is his commitment to making the difference in the life of those in need through the Moyer Foundation that has made people see you as a great baseball player and a great humanitarian."
The veteran lefty won the seventh Annual Phillies Community Service Award and was the team's nominee for another Clemente Award. Since Jamie has been with the Phillies, the Moyers have raised nearly $250,000 at a "Celebrity Waiters" event for Camp Erin, joined forces with Citizens Bank and Philabundance for its "Carve Out Hunger" program and greeted fans donating food at the gates prior to two Phillies games.
Moyer's spirit of community service has been embraced by teammates, including shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
"This is what we're supposed to do," Rollins said. "We're supposed to help out the community whenever we can. It's always about giving back, especially to kids."
According to Moyer, it's not only about money.
"Money helps," he says. "Money is great. But you know what? Everybody has time and everybody has a talent. When you find that out in your life, it doesn't matter when you find it out. But when you find what those talents are and you find the time to help in the community, by doing these things, you can set great examples. I think that's what we strive to do in our community."
Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.