Continuing The Legacy Of MLB Umpire Eric Cooper

photo courtesy of Alex Trautwig of Major League Baseball

Eric Cooper was a beloved Major League Baseball umpire, known fondly as Coop. He passed away on October 20, 2019, and ever since, the umpire community has come together to continue his legacy.

UMPS CARE Charities, with support from the Cooper family and the Major League Baseball Umpires, named the 2020 All-Star College Scholarship in his memory.

Each year, UMPS CARE provides $10,000 to a college student who was adopted later in life to support their college education. Marcus Lo, the recipient of the 2020 Eric Cooper Memorial All-Star College Scholarship, is set to graduate from the University of Southern California in the spring of 2024.

In addition, the Cooper family and MLB umpire Gabe Morales have served as Marcus’ mentors throughout his college journey. They have provided amazing care packages, opportunities to attend MLB games and supportive phone calls.

With your help, UMPS CARE Charities will provide Marcus with $40,000 over four years at USC.

1) Donate today

2) Monthly donations – You can support our scholarship anytime by making a monthly gift by clicking here.

3) Support our annual Eric Cooper Memorial Bowling Tournament set for Sunday, November 19 in Des Moines.

MLB Umpires honor Eric Cooper during the 2019 World Series (photos courtesy of Alex Trautwig, MLB)

Eric Cooper (above) studying the lineup card, and Marcus Lo (left) is carrying on Coop’s legacy through our All-Star College Scholarship Program.