SpringSpirit’s Badges for Baseball Program

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Dave Coolidge has years of experience as a business leader and financial professional. Outside of his work, Dave Coolidge supports a number of local and national charities, including SpringSpirit.

A youth athletics organization, SpringSpirit helps children achieve life goals through sports, education, and other services rooted in Christian values. To enhance its services, SpringSpirit has partnered with a number of organizations, such as the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Through this union, SpringSpirit has joined the Badges for Baseball program, a service established by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the US Department of Justice with the goal of steering young people away from crime.

The Badges for Baseball program offers children in the nation’s most under-served neighborhoods with the opportunity to play and learn the fundamentals of baseball with law enforcement officers. The program sees police officers and other law enforcement professionals coach youth teams, as well as provide education through the Healthy Choices, Healthy Children curriculum, which teaches the importance of teamwork, leadership, respect, and communication in all areas of life.


Ozark for All Summer Camp Serves Children in the Houston Area

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Texas resident Dave Coolidge served as managing partner of Houston’s Velite Benchmark Capital Management from 2006 until 2015. Dave Coolidge is an active supporter of the Camp Ozark Foundation, a Christian summer camp for children from Houston and several other Texas areas.

One aspect of the foundation is the Ozark For All summer camp, which seeks to provide rewarding summer camp experiences to children from underserved backgrounds in the areas within the foundation’s reach. By partnering with inner-city schools, charities, and churches, Ozark For All offers year-round programing to supplement the camps. If children participate consistently through the foundation’s year-round programs, they can win scholarships to summer camp. The Ozark for All model utilizes support from Camp Ozark staff, alumni, parents, and friends to make each child’s experience positive.

Through this structure, Camp Ozark attempts to empower children, offer them an encouraging summer camp experience, and break the cycle of poverty.