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.

The 12th Man Foundation Supports Texas A&M Athletics


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Texas A&M
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Recent retiree Dave Coolidge is a former hedge fund manager, one of Houston Texas’ best known. Now that he is retired, Dave Coolidge has time to play golf and watch college football. He supports Texas A&M, his alma mater, and actively donates to the university’s 12th Man Foundation.

The 12th Man Foundation supports athletic teams at Texas A&M through fundraising efforts. Founded in 1950, the Foundation brought in $16,182 its first year. The 12th Man Foundation now brings in close to twenty million dollars annually, helping to fund one of the greatest collegiate athletic programs in the nation.

Exceptionally dedicated fans and Foundation members become Athletic Ambassadors. Open only to season ticket holders who donate large sums, the Athletic Ambassador program exists to garner additional support for the 12th Man Foundation.

Ambassadors recruit new Foundation members, encourage generous donations, and pass on information about current Foundation activities. They also attend athletic games on the road and at home to cheer on the Aggies.

Summer Fun for Every Kid – The Camp Ozark Foundation

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Dave Coolidge retired in June 2015 after a successful career in hedge fund management. Dave Coolidge enjoys golf and college football, and is an active philanthropist. He often donates to the Camp Ozark Foundation, helping kids go to summer camp.

The Camp Ozark Foundation raises funds for summer camp scholarships for underprivileged children. The Foundation believes that every child deserves the chance to go to summer camp if he or she wants to.

Located in Mount Ida, Arkansas, on 400 beautiful acres, Camp Ozark gives children an unforgettable summer camp experience. Campers spend 11 weeks riding waterslides, practicing archery, learning the guitar, and making lifelong friends.

Steeped in Christian values, Camp Ozark emphasizes spiritual health and a relationship with Jesus Christ. Campers are encouraged to live by the camp’s five core values: self-esteem, self-confidence, integrity, teamwork, and friendship.