Charles and Arika Cocke

Building on Family Tradition

Charles (McIntire ’00) and Arika Cocke (Nursing ’00)

Charles “Chas” Cocke, Jr., likes to say he grew up in Scott Stadium’s east parking lot. The son of an alumnus, with several other relatives who attended the University, he and his family from Northern Virginia spent a lot of time cheering on the Cavaliers.

“I’ve been a fan from birth,” said Chas, who is now a partner at Investure, an investment management company based in Charlottesville. “I grew up coming to all the sports. When my brothers and I were in college, we would have 150 to 200 of our friends in the stadium lot tailgating.”

U.Va. was the only school Chas Cocke ever thought of attending. Growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia, his wife, Arika Bree Roy Cocke (Nursing ’00), chose the University because she felt it was the best school in the state. She now works as a primary care nurse practitioner in a Charlottesville pediatrics office.

These days the couple, who met during their third year as students, is continuing the U.Va. family tradition. They have season tickets for both football and basketball, and they bring their own two sons to all the games. That’s one reason why they also make regular donations to the University.

The Cockes support a variety of programs, including the McIntire School of Commerce and the School of Nursing. Last year, when Chas was invited to chair their class’s tenth reunion giving campaign, he saw firsthand how important these resources are to the University.

“There’s so much uncertainty around how much giving will occur in a given year,” he said. “When people make regular donations that grow over time, it allows [the University] to have a more predictable budget.”

“We love the University,” Arika said. “We would love for our children to carry on the tradition. We both had incredible experiences as students here, and that feeling is still strong, even eleven years after graduating.”