has announced a $50 million gift from Peter and Susan Cooper in support of a leadership program within its and construction of a sports field on its Washington, D.C., campus.
The gift will underwrite an academically based program established three years ago focused on developing leadership skills and opportunities for students involved in any of Georgetown's twenty-nine Division I sports teams. It also will enable the university to expand the centrally located home of Georgetown's football, field hockey, and lacrosse teams as well as club sports and other university events. In recognition of the gift, the student-athlete initiative will be named the Cooper Athletics Leadership Program, while the field, when completed in twelve to eighteen months, will be renamed Cooper Field.
A former member of Georgetown's board of directors, Peter Cooper is the founder of , a California-based real estate and private equity firm. All five of the Coopers’ children are Georgetown alumni.
"Georgetown is deeply grateful to Peter and Sue for their commitment to our students and their ongoing dedication to our campus community," said Georgetown president John J. DeGioia. "This investment will allow us to provide extraordinary opportunities for students engaged in intercollegiate athletics, preparing these young people for success both on and off the field."