The Barefoot Pedals Foundation was formed in 2011 to honor the legacy of Jeffrey David Nola. Jeff died in Baton Rouge, LA, on May 29, 2011, at the age of 35 after fighting a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer called Burkitt’s Lymphoma. The Foundation receives and distributes donations exclusively for charitable purposes, primarily for the Jeff Nola '94 Memorial Scholarship Fund, and charities that exemplify the values and characteristics Jeff lived his life promoting.
“While Jeff’s presence may no longer be with us, his spirit is still alive and well. It is this spirit that composed and played the drumbeat he followed during his time here on earth. It took him to mission trips in the desert and mountains, it led him to a life of education, it led him to instill the love of music into hundreds of youths, and it led him to develop a deep faith in the power of spiritual ministry. In hopes of honoring this legacy, and to ensure that his drumbeat continues to be heard, several of us have created the Barefoot Pedals Foundation.”
— Andrew Brown, Foundation President