August ‘Cole’ Dooper Memorial Baseball Endowed Scholarship announced

Thursday, December 10, 2020
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Cole Dooper pitches during a 2008 Laurel Dodger game. Laurel Outlook photo

The Dawson College Foundation is pleased to announce the August “Cole” Dooper Memorial Baseball Endowed Scholarship has been established. The endowment was made possible recently through gifts from family and friends of Cole Dooper. Dooper was tragically killed in a car accident on August 8, 2017 just east of Billings while driving home from Denver. Dooper played baseball for Dawson Community College (DCC) for one season in 2011-2012.

Dooper is the son of Paula Saye and August “Tinker” Dooper. He graduated from Laurel High School in 2010 and played American Legion baseball for the Laurel Dodgers from 2006 until 2011 under Coach Doug Studiner, Mark Kimmet and Brent Sukut. During this time, the Laurel Dodgers won three consecutive state championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Dooper returned to the Dodgers as an assistant coach during the 2013 season, when the Dodgers won yet another state championship. Dodgers coach Doug Studiner called Dooper the most successful player the team has ever produced.

Laurel retired Dooper’s #11 jersey in May of 2018 and created an annual team-led baseball camp for Little Leaguers dubbed “Dooper’s Troopers”. The camp is held in June and ends with a scrimmage under the lights as that was Dooper’s favorite time to play. Dooper’s memory has also been present at every Laurel baseball game with each Dodger uniform featuring a patch on the right sleeve with the number 11. The patch is one of several ways Laurel has continued to honor Dooper after his death.

Although his time at DCC was much shorter than in Laurel, Dooper made a lasting impact on and off the field. Teammates, Todd Cabrera and Josh LeProwse shared Dooper’s story with DCC coaching staff and were instrumental in continuing his legacy at the school. In the final home game of the season on April 28, 2018, Dawson Community College’s baseball team retired the #18, unveiled a sign in his honor naming the home dugout “Doopers” Dugout, designated a seat just below the announcer’s booth with his initials and number, and created a permanent locker where his retired jersey, hat and other memorabilia hang.

The August “Cole” Dooper Memorial Baseball endowed scholarship will award $400 each year to a freshman or sophomore baseball player. The recipient will be chosen by baseball coaches with personal consideration from Cabrera and LeProwse.

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