Giving back to athletics, booster clubs is just something that makes sense for local man

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Anyone who’s been around Weatherford High School athletics for a while knows Randy Cox puts his money where his mouth is.

And he doesn’t do it because he has to, it’s because he wants to.

Cox, owner of Cox Financial Group, has always believed in being a “cheerful giver” and does it without hesitation.

“It makes me feel good to help others,” he said. “I am blessed with a lot of wonderful things God has given me and I want to share that with everybody I can.”

In 2007, Randy and his partner at the time, initiated a program to support the Weatherford High School band, Blue Belles, cheerleading and football booster clubs by offering $100 for every touchdown scored by the Kangaroos. He then set up a similar program with the varsity basketball booster club, offering $30 for each 3-point shot made by the Kangaroos.

“My son nearly bankrupted me one season,” Randy said of Josh, who played on the boys basketball team until he graduated and holds the record for most 3-pointers in a season. “It’s a fun way to give and fun to let the kids decide how much.”

The overall number of what Cox has given embarrasses him but it is upwards of $50,000. Those funds help the students and staff of Weatherford ISD combat budget shortfalls.

“With the way education is nowadays, it’s just hard [to keep some programs going],” Cox said.

This year, Cox extended his gift-giving to Weatherford College by donating $2,500 to a scholarship endowment. In turn, because of a Title III matching grant program, that $2,500 turned into $5,000 as every dollar is matched by the Department of Education.

“Anytime you can double your impact on students, that’s a great opportunity,” said Brent Baker, WC Vice President of Instituional Advancement. “Randy is a great member of this community. He has been giving back for years…not just financially but also in time. He’s a true leader.”

Cox said he wanted to make sure people knew the gem they have in the community in Weatherford College.

“My wife, Shari, and I love education and we wanted to do something and when Brent mentioned the grant - done,” Cox said. “The college is a treasure and does so much for our local students that it just made sense [to give].”

Since 2006, Cox has volunteered his time on the WISD Education Foundation Board as an active donor, board member and member of the executive committee. He and Shari have been active volunteers for WISD, contributing countless hours of support to PTAs, booster clubs and Project Graduation through the years.

And it isn’t unusual for Cox to randomly hand out envelopes of money to people on the street either. During the holidays, Cox will carry up to 10 envelopes with an unspecified amount of money in them and when he feels the need to give one away, he will.

“When the spirit moves me and God lets me know, I just give it to that person,” said Cox, who is a former minister. “My hope is that other people are inspired to give by me giving to others.”

Cox gives back to his customers as well. He recently held a dinner at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in appreciation of his clients for not only trusting him with their finances but also for referring others to him.

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