South Carolina Trip

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South Carolina

Held at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, and typically occurring during spring break, the South Carolina trip is dedicated to skill and team building. Since 1992, this trip has provided scholar athletes with an opportunity to train approximately six hours per day for their upcoming athletic seasons. Each year, the trip begins with students departing from Cooper Union at 6PM and arriving in South Carolina the next morning. Despite the all-night trip, in true Cooper Union fashion, the scholar athletes arrive in South Carolina and, in a matter of hours, tirelessly hit the courts.

For the entire history of this spring trip, Cooper Union Athletics has experienced great success. Men’s tennis has won 16 championships, including 9 in a row, and women’s tennis has won all of the conference championships for which they were in attendance. Though many mistakenly believe tennis to be an individual sport, the South Carolina trip proves that the chemistry individual players develop with teammates is invaluable and lifts the performance of the entire team. Due to its tremendous success, the trip has expanded to include women’s and men’s basketball, as well as women’s volleyball.

  • 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.