JASON COOPER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
“I don’t want you to be as good as you are, I want you to be as great as you can be,” stated Lou Marinelli to Jason Cooper, high school years.
Jason Cooper left this earth too early and is greatly missed by his family and friends. "Coop" accumulated legions of great, lifelong friendships. He was a larger-than-life, humble man who valued and cultivated those friendships with great care. He was genuine in his love and interest in the well-being of those closest to him. He was a lifelong athlete with a love for sport.
Jason graduated from New Canaan High School in 1984 and attended Duke University, where he played both football and lacrosse for the university. Due to his extraordinary talent and commitment, he was awarded Duke's Football Offensive Leadership Award in the spring of 1987. He then pursued a career in professional football before settling in Chicago and working in the financial industry.
A few years before his passing, he returned to New Canaan to work with his mentor and friend Lou Marinelli. He found his passion working with NCHS athletes. The Jason Cooper Scholarship will be given to a NCHS student, preferably an athlete, who embodies Jason’s qualities of passion, commitment, dedication, and kindness. The recipient does not need to be the strongest player on the field, but one that motivates and brings the team together -- a natural leader.
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