Kelci A. Stringer- Founder and Spokesperson
Kelci Stringer is a firm believer that your life’s purpose will be revealed to you – even if it’s in the midst of tragic circumstances. Her journey towards advocacy, education and prevention of sudden death in sports began on August 1, 2001 when her husband, NFL All-Pro lineman, Korey Stringer, died from the complications of an exertional heat stroke while practicing with the Minnesota Vikings at the age of 27.
Kelci met Korey when she was a freshman at Ohio State University, where she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. The two were married for four years, and during that time, Kelci gave birth to their son Kodie Drew. As a young widow and mother, Kelci struggled to decide on the best way to honor Korey’s memory, and ultimately established the Korey Stringer Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization. Through her foundation she was instrumental in developing a partnership among the National Football League, Gatorade and the University of Connecticut forming the Korey Stringer Institute. UConn was chosen because of its reputation as a leader in the study of heat and hydration issues related to athletes and the physically active.
An Atlanta, Georgia native, Mrs. Stringer’s love of community is evident in her other nationwide philanthropic contributions. She regularly assists families and children through donations, mentoring and reading at elementary schools. In 2005, she helped resettle evacuees from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to Atlanta, booking two hotels and providing food and shelter for several months, as well as grief counseling, job placement assistance, and buses for the evacuees to revisit New Orleans.
According to Mrs. Stringer, she has used the tragedies she’s faced to learn, grow and confidently walk in her purpose. As Mrs. Stringer so eloquently states: “It hasn’t been easy by any means, but I thank God for keeping me, strengthening me and giving me the courage to complete this awesome mission that He has for my life.”
James M. Gould- Chairman
Chairman, Management One
Korey’s NFL Agent
Mr. Gould has more than 25 years of experience in private equity and over 30 years of experience in development, marketing and negotiation related to investments in companies, real estate, sports and entertainment. He is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of theCard, LLC, which has created the Circa Black Prepaid MasterCard, the world’s first metal Prepaid debit card. He was a founder and Managing General Partner of The Walnut Group, a private equity fund, and he is Chairman of Gould Management Group. Mr. Gould serves on several Boards of Directors notably Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW), Wild Things Gear, a designer of high-end outdoor apparel, The O’Gara Group, a global products and services company, and Adspace Networks, Inc., a mall digital media network.
Mr. Gould is Managing Partner of Management One, a sports management firm he founded, that has represented over 100 professional athletes in the NFL and NBA, including Frostee Rucker, DeVante Parker, Travaris Cadet, Demetrius McCray, Terry Glenn, Peter Warrick, Dan “Big Daddy” Wilkinson, John Browning, Andre Smith, Sue Bird and the late Korey Stringer, and as a partner in Avondale Management Group, represented Evander Holyfield, four time Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Mr. Gould is a Founder and Managing Partner of Avondale Pictures and Avondale Entertainment Group. In addition, Mr. Gould has produced, distributed, and packaged numerous motion pictures, television and entertainment events and was a Founder and Partner in Triton Pictures. He has been a frequent investor, through his partnership with Frederic H. Mayerson, in numerous acclaimed Broadway musicals including Smokey Joe’s Café, Topdog/Underdog, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, and Spiderman. Mr. Gould was a founding member of the United States Football League, and became President of the New Jersey Generals upon his selling the team to Donald Trump. During his years in the USFL, Mr. Gould negotiated several major contracts on behalf of ownership, with such players as Lawrence Taylor, Cris Collinsworth, Herschel Walker, Craig James, and others.
Mr. Gould was the host of A Current Life, on VoiceAmerica, the world’s largest internet talk radio. His guests included Maxine Clark, Nicholas Sparks, Leslie Stahl, General Hugh Shelton, Bob Costas, Sela Ward, Marlo Thomas and Tyrese Gibson, just to name a few.
Mr. Gould graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in History and an Education Certificate. He is a founder and Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) with the NFL and The University of Connecticut, (KSI). He has also served on other numerous non-profit boards including Prevent Child Abuse America, Blue Legacy International, Camp BrightLight in partnership with the YMCA, and The Cincinnati Ballet. Mr. Gould is active in sports and has coached children in both soccer and football for many years. He is proud of having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his two sons, Dylan and Lucas and his dog, Buddy Bear.