Kathy Bresnahan is the coach of the volleyball team the movie The Miracle Season was made about, author of The Miracle Season book, and founder of the Live Like Line Foundation (named by Caroline Found). The book was an Amazon top seller in 2019. The narrative describes the journey of the 2011 Iowa City West volleyball team.
What is the Live Like Line Foundation about, what is it doing?
The Live Like Line Foundation was founded in 2016 in memory of Caroline Found, an all-state setter for Iowa City West High School. Caroline or “Line” as her friends called her, was about to begin her senior year in high school when an accident happened. The loss of Caroline affected many lives of students and parents in the Iowa City Community and beyond.
Line was a leader not only on the volleyball court but off the court as well. She made people feel special and was always there for those less fortunate. Like Caroline did throughout her short seventeen years, we want students to feel included.
The purpose of the Live Like Line Foundation is to help financially young kids (6th-12th grade) participate in activities that they otherwise might not be able to afford to do so. Generally teachers, councilors, youth leaders recognize a need and reach out to us. We’ve helped students with things as simple as purchasing sports glasses in order to play basketball, we’ve paid the fees for many kids to take Advance Placement testing fees, some we’ve sent to band camp or national business leader conventions. Some need clothing or food. It’s not limited to athletic needs. The only request we have of the applicants is to pay it forward and do something nice for someone else.
What was your motivation to create the foundation?
Caroline Found reached out to every student in our school of 2200 kids with special needs, kids that moved in from inner city Chicago or other countries, kids who were bullied or unpopular. She went out of her way to make others feel valued. After she died I wanted to honor her by continuing to reach out to those who maybe didn’t fit in because they couldn’t afford an activity or opportunity. This was a simple way to keep her kindness moving forward by volunteering some service to others.
How is the Live Like Line Foundation influencing people’s life?
We have made such a difference for hundreds of kids. We help their self-esteem, confidence, and mental health by providing these opportunities.
What inspires you personally?
Caroline changed my life and I want to be a huge influence on young people…even more than I could as a teacher or coach. I have traveled all over the US speaking to groups of kids and adults about overcoming adversity, being kind, and making a difference. I’ve never had such joy as meeting and talking to thousands of people each year and know that I am keeping Line’s light burning bright.
What are you looking forward to?
I’ve had 20 talks cancelled because of COVID 19. If I didn’t appreciate the opportunity of talking to groups before I sure do now… I miss that interaction so much. I get more from those talks (especially to high school and middle school students) than I can ever possibly give to them. The hugs, the thanks, the new friendships fill me with such a feeling of love. I think Line would be proud.
How can people contribute to the Live Like Line Foundation?
Contributions to the Live Like Line Foundation can be made through Facebook
or checks made out to the Foundation and mailed to Kathy Bresnahan at:
321 MacBride Rd
Iowa City, IA 52246
and stipulated that it’s for the Foundation. That works as well.
so people could just order the book and that helps as well 🙂
- National Coach of the Year 2011
- Iowa Volleyball Coach of the Year 2010 & 2011
- University of Wisconsin – Platteville Athletic Hall of Fame 2009
- Iowa Coaches Hall of Fame 2015
- Iowa Character Counts, Winning with Integrity 2012
- Children of Promise Coach of the Year 2012
- Iowa Masonic Lodge Teacher of the Year 2018
- Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year 2013
- National Coach of the Year finalist 2012
- DPO Scholarship Recipient 2019
Line would be proud.