“The Cooper Athletics Leadership Program provides extraordinary opportunities for students engaged in intercollegiate athletics, preparing our young people for success both on and off the field. This groundbreaking program gives them the tools they need to compete with integrity during their time on the Hilltop and for the rest of their lives.”
- John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University
Program Mission and Overview
The Cooper Athletics Leadership Program (CALP), will be the home of a unique, transdisciplinary, academically-grounded approach to the study and practice of leadership dynamics in an intercollegiate athletics environment.
The program, funded as a part of a $50 million gift from Georgetown parents Peter and Sue Cooper, will use an academic leadership framework and intercollegiate athletics participation as a means towards the higher education end of developing young people and integrates Athletics into the broad educational mission of the university.
Hoyas Lead, the leadership curriculum housed in the CALP, provides a four-year series of classes designed to teach the elements of leadership, expose students to different theories of influence, and help them develop their own leadership philosophies. Through the creation of an academically-based course curriculum available to all student-athletes the program aspires to include:
- collaborative research with external experts;
- integration of existing academic disciplines on campus;
- the leveraging of leadership resources within the Washington DC community;
- the evolution of a consulting practice on team dynamics;
- a longitudinal approach to holistic development in preparation for professional careers;
- and executive coaching and professional development of coaches.
Education, Advocacy, and Training Programs
New programming about sociocultural concepts to invite discussions, encourage advocacy
New programming engaging sociocultural concepts are designed to invite students to discuss and reflect on complex issues in society and culture, allowing them to discern their own leadership style and their potential to serve as people of influence in society. The CALP will partner with a variety of relevant groups on and off-campus in order to bring educational programming for student-athletes and coaches, and to encourage advocacy and support efforts already taking place within the Georgetown community.
Leadership and Team Dynamics Consulting
Empowering student-athletes to put into practice what they learn in the classroom.
CALP empowers student-athletes to put into practice what they have learned at Georgetown through teaching basic leadership skills to junior high and high school students. Additionally, CALP staff provides guided mentoring for student-athletes assuming leadership roles within their teams, as well as short-term counselling on sports psychology and team dynamics challenges. CALP staff will also work with head and assistant coaches to provide a neutral, reflective peer presence.
Personal Strategic Planning
Helping student-athletes transition out of athletic and academic careers.
One of the most valuable services the program provides for student-athletes is helping them to transition out of their athletic and academic careers at Georgetown, discerning what the next step is in their student identity formation. In addition to resume review, cover letter preparation, and interview coaching, the program staff works with student-athletes to help them articulate the broad array of skills learned through athletics that make them valuable assets in whatever field they pursue.
In August 2012, Georgetown hired Dr. Mike Lorenzen to fill the newly created role of Director of Student-Athlete Leadership and Development. Dr. Lorenzen brings a wide-ranging and unique set of skills and experiences to the CALP as an athlete, coach, and educator. Read Dr. Lorenzen’s complete bio here.