Cape Cod Trip
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.