GOOD SPORTS

Jac­que­line Kent Cooke stays in the game by hon­or­ing her fa­ther’s char­i­ta­ble legacy.

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Jac­que­line Kent Cooke, daugh­ter of the late sports leg­end Jack Kent Cooke, who owned the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins, and the LA Kings, is fur­ther­ing her fa­ther’s well­known gen­eros­ity. As the face of his name­sake foun­da­tion—the largest schol­ar­ship fund in the US, with an en­dow­ment of $641 mil­lion—she reg­u­larly holds in­ti­mate gath­er­ings for the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity to get to know them one-on-one and have an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship,” Cooke says. “Lis­ten­ing to their in­spir­ing sto­ries and learn­ing about what they’ve ac­com­plished gives me an even deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion for my fa­ther’s legacy.”

This sum­mer, she will also sup­port a num­ber of non­prof­its out East, in­clud­ing Red Sneak­ers for Oak­ley, which raises aware­ness about food al­ler­gies, and the Southampton An­i­mal Shel­ter. Also on her list is the Audubon Sanc­tu­ary Is­lands wildlife refuge, near Palm Beach, Florida. An an­i­mal lover, Cooke de­signs a line of lux­ury dog beds and has worked for Cam­pion Platt’s renowned in­te­ri­ors firm.

When she was a child, her fa­ther asked her what he should do with his wealth. She replied, “You should give it to chil­dren in need.” Today Cooke says he ap­pre­ci­ated her hav­ing those val­ues: “He wanted me to find my passion in life and learn what the mean­ing of a dol­lar was.” To learn more about the Jack Kent Cooke Foun­da­tion, visit jkcf.org.

Seen with her dog, Jac­que­line Kent Cooke grew up sur­rounded by an­i­mals (in­clud­ing a dog adopted from a shel­ter) and raises funds for the Southampton An­i­mal Shel­ter. “I’ve al­ways had a deep love for an­i­mals,” she says.

AS THE FACE OF HER FA­THER’S FOUN­DA­TION—THE COUN­TRY’S LARGEST SCHOL­AR­SHIP FUND, WITH A $641 MIL­LION EN­DOW­MENT— COOKE REG­U­LARLY HOLDS IN­TI­MATE GATH­ER­INGS FOR THE BEN­E­FI­CIA­RIES.

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