In 2015, Georgetown parents Peter and Susan Cooper (Parents’02, ’06, ’07, ’10, ’10) made a $50M gift to Georgetown, one of the largest ever received by the university and the biggest gift to the athletics program.
The historic gift underwrote The Cooper Athletics Leadership Program, a pioneering, academically based program that develops leadership skills and opportunities for students involved in one or more of Georgetown’s 29 Division I sports and teams.
“Sue and I are thrilled to share in providing a leadership curriculum and experience for student-athletes,” Peter Cooper said when the gift was announced. “We believe that athletics and academics combine to provide an ideal crucible to create future leaders. The program is a wonderful fit with Georgetown’s Jesuit values and tradition of care for others.”
The gift also enabled the university to further develop the centrally located multi-sport field that is home to Georgetown’s football, field hockey and lacrosse teams, as well as club sports and university-wide events. The renovations included:
- Permanent football and field hockey locker rooms
- Gameday locker rooms for men’s and women’s lacrosse
- A visiting team locker room
- Westside stands seating for 3,000 people
- North endzone hillside lawn seating for 750 people
- Permanent restrooms and a concessions area
- State-of-the-art pressbox (broadcast booths, coaches boxes, replay, VIP suite)
Construction was completed in the fall of 2020.