Live for Lou
Stay strong. Stay real.
Our mission: Promote Big Lou’s principles of conviction, compassion and curiosity.
Our vision: A beautiful environment of healthy competition and caring concern, where no friend is left behind.
“Success isn’t just what you accomplish, it’s what you inspire others to do.”
The Live for Lou Fund is an advised fund of The Cape Cod Foundation. As a component fund, The Cape Cod Foundation serves as the 501(c)(3) public charity for the Live for Lou Fund. It is dedicated to honoring and celebrating the life of Louie LeBart by grabbing the baton he carried during his brief but exceptional life and inspiring others to continue where he left off.
When Louie died at 25, he left behind an enormous circle of friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers and teammates who were forever affected by his athleticism, compassion, curiosity and beauty.
Live for Lou intends to continue promoting his inspirational qualities and benefitting others through scholarships, community service, compassion and education.
Louie was a deeply intense and multi-faceted individual who had a knack for bringing out the best in people, whether it was through sports, deep conversation, comforting bear hugs or just leading by example. Once you were his friend, he wouldn’t let you down.
Live for Lou intends to extend his legacy in a multi-prong way.
- Athleticism: Lou was a beast. He practiced and competed with unmatched determination. When asked how he did it once after a particularly astounding swim meet performance, he replied that it was easy, “you just push the water out of the way.” He was focused on winning (and has many medals and records to prove it) but he also cared deeply about his teammates. A scholarship is being set up to reward a swimmer at NRHS who exemplifies Louie’s prowess as well as his leadership qualities.
- Beauty: Louie was beautiful inside and out and he appreciated and strived for beauty and orderliness in everything he did. He also was inquisitive, philosophical and deeply sensitive. We are establishing a memorial bench and plantings in The Wellfleet Memorial Garden, where people can meditate, have deep conversations or simply observe the beauty of the community Louie loved. The garden will be dedicated to locals who have “left us too soon”.
- Compassion: When Louie asked you how you were doing, he expected an honest answer. He looked you in the eye and he listened. He may have chided you or made a joke in his semi-awkward way, but you knew he wanted the best for you. His famous hugs were the perfect symbol of his caring persona and his passionate determination to help. Live for Lou will have an educational component as well as various resources for helping young people in need. Whether it’s to assist an individual or to benefit the youth of Wellfleet in general. We will honor Louie’s legacy of no friend left behind.
By all accounts, Louie was a success in life. And through Live for Lou, he will continue to inspire others and to make the world a stronger, more compassionate and beautiful place.
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Essayist & Poet