The Live Like Cole Foundation is engaging in a private-public partnership with the city of Vero Beach and the Florida Inland Navigational District in order to construct a fishing pier in memory of Cole. Cole, an avid fisherman, was killed as a result of injuries he suffered after being hit by a car as he was riding his bike on the Alma Lee Loy Bridge, just days after his 16th birthday. The goal of this particular project is to complete a fishing pier from funds raised by the foundation and through a grant by the Florida Inland Navigational District.
The Live Like Cole Foundation honors and memorializes the life of Nicholas "Cole" Coppola by supporting individuals and organizations who adopt Cole's philosophy. This philosophy includes always helping where help is needed and lifting those up around him by encouraging their self-worth and importance. Cole never missed the opportunity to lend a helping hand, and he took extraordinary efforts to ensure each person he encountered felt like the most important person to him. He was loving, generous, humble and kind to the very core.
The foundation continues his philosophy by promoting kindness as a way of life to communities everywhere. Thousands have pledged to follow in his example and to #LIVELIKECOLE.
The Live Like Cole Foundation encourages children and adults alike to support others, to foster self-worth and to help out their fellow man.
The foundation values respect for yourself and for others, kindness, happiness and generosity. Our vision is that with these values we truly believe the world can be a better place. Being kind starts with yourself, enriching your life and extending to those around you. Our philosophy includes always helping where help is needed, lifting those up around you by encouraging self-worth, never missing the opportunity to lend a helping hand, and taking extraordinary efforts to ensure each person is important. Kindness should be natural, automatic and done without hesitation. It’s more than simply encouraging kindness; it’s promoting a lifestyle.
Additional proceeds raised by the Live Like Cole Foundation will enable the proliferation of scholarships and endowments supporting the local community, and will support outdoor and athletic involvement and achievement following the path laid down by Cole by enabling kids to engage in the myriad activities he enjoyed, which include football, baseball, hunting, boating and fishing. The foundation will also participate in many public events to foster greater community involvement including a golf tournament, a BBQ and, after the creation of the fishing pier, an annual fishing tournament for fishermen of all ages.