URI Athletics

Excellence in class, competition, and the community

Intercollegiate athletics teach resiliency and teamwork, and require intensive work and commitment. URI student-athletes constantly strive to excel, and are among our top student leaders. For student-athletes, the experience opens doors and provides opportunities for a bright future.

Our Campaign Goals

Invest in state-of-the-art facilities
Recruit and retain the best coaches nationwide
Expand strength and conditioning and sports medicine
Enhance health and wellness, academic advising, and nutrition

URI Athletics Points of Distinction

Legendary Coaches

Coach and chemistry professor Frank Keaney revolutionized basketball by inventing the fast break. He also created URI’s distinctive Keaney Blue in his lab on campus.

Ascending Football Program

URI Football beats division powerhouse Delaware over the course of a top-25 season for fall 2019. URI ascended to #15 nationally in its first top-25 finish since 2005.

Newly Renovated Football Stadium

Meade Stadium kicked off fall 2019 with a new synthetic turf field and stadium lighting, thanks to a $4.1 million project, including $3 million from alumni and friends.

Champion Student-Athletes

Allie Reilly ’19 set a world record at the 2019 World Rowing Indoor Championships PR3 with a time of 7:22.5 over 2,000 meters on an erg (stationary rowing machine).

High-performing Men’s Soccer Team

URI Men’s Soccer finished last season at 15-4-0 to make its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006.

Giving Opportunities

Basketball Training Facility
A dedicated, 24-hour practice facility attracts elite student-athletes by offering a game day experience with video stations, scoreboard, and timing system. It will increase student-athletes’ productivity and academic success by providing flexibility to manage class and practice time. The two-part plan for this $20 million project will: 1) renovate Tootell West Gymnasium and connected corridors, and 2) build a two-story addition featuring lockers rooms, technology, recruitment rooms, and academic support offices.
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Outdoor Track
A new track and field venue would provide top performers with an all-purpose facility for training and competition. It has the added benefit of use for the broader URI community and surrounding areas. The project includes a new training and competition surface, equipment storage, offices, public restrooms, and spectator seating.
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Summer Term
Support for a summer term means student-athletes remain on campus and extend training time from nine months up to 11 months. Approximately half of student-athletes would be able to maintain URI as a year-round home. Working with the University College Advising Programs for Student-Athletes Office, students would also have more options to earn course credits, providing academic as well as athletic benefits.
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Endowed Coaching Positions
Coaching funds attract top talent and ensure longer tenures, providing consistency while building and maintaining a winning tradition for the long term.
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