Cape Cod Trip

Cape Cod

Dean Baker has spent a significant amount of time in Cape Cod. As the best all-around athlete in the town of Falmouth in 1952, he has developed connections with the community on the academic, social, and athletic levels. In fact, the towns of Falmouth and Woods Hole have played a major role in facilitating the Cooper Union athletic teams’ activities for the week. In 1992, we started with only the soccer team on the trip. This summer, we’ll bring the soccer team, the women’s and men’s basketball teams, the men’s volleyball team, and the golf team. The Cape Cod trip will begin on Friday, August 26, and finish on Saturday, September 3, 2016.  

During the trip, the teams improve tremendously by honing their skills, and focusing on individual goals and aspirations in preparation for their upcoming seasons. Since the trip occurs at a time when most students have been separated from one another for a number of months, priority is placed on establishing social, emotional, and personal connections between scholar-athletes. To that end, various meals, a trip to Martha’s Vineyard on the Island Queen, and numerous other activities are scheduled to re-establish such relationships and provide a healthy platform for team building.

Each team lives in a house that is designed to facilitate the needs of that specific sport and its athletes. The players cook for themselves and on occasion they cook for all the athletes. The volleyball team plays most of their practices in the sand and goes indoors in the evenings.

The players play with the professors and researchers of Woods Hole and enjoy the dialogue before, during, and after the games.

Strategies, game plans, improvement of individual skills and new moves are studied and perfected. Challenges are created, met, and remembered. 

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.