Cape Cod Trip

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Cape Cod

Since his childhood, Dean Baker has spent a significant amount of time in Cape Cod, developing connections with the community on academic, social, and athletic levels. These connections, particularly with the town of Falmouth, allowed Dean Baker to begin a week-long soccer trip to Cape Cod. Throughout the week of that initial trip, the soccer team improved tremendously, honing their skills for the upcoming season. This success inspired Dean Baker to invite the women’s volleyball team for subsequent Cape Cod trips. The trip has continued to grow and evolve, eventually expanding to the current format which includes all eight Cooper Union athletic teams: cross country, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis.

The Cape Cod trip occurs during the week prior to the beginning of each fall semester. The 2014 trip will take place from August 23 to August 30. During that time, each team will focus on individual goals and aspirations for their upcoming season. Since the trip occurs at a time when most students have been separated for a number of months, priority is placed on establishing social and emotional 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 reestablish such relationships and provide a healthy platform for team building.

  • 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.