RIC student-athletes, alum honored by R.I. House of Representatives
Student-athletes recognized by the House of Representatives are joined by RIC President Nancy Carriuolo.
Ten current Rhode Island College student-athletes and one alumnus were recognized by Gordon D. Fox, speaker of the House, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives at a reception held in the House Chamber at the Rhode Island State House on April 26.
The event was designed to give significant public recognition to men and women from the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island who have had significant achievements in their academic and athletic pursuits at their respective institutions. The honorees have also demonstrated exemplary citizenship and community service.
The 10 scholar-athletes from Rhode Island College were junior Amanda Berard of Swansea, Mass. (softball); senior Christina Coro of North Providence (women’s basketball); junior Travis Drappi of West Orange, N.J. (wrestling); senior Jake Grimes of Providence (men’s basketball); senior Brooke Iby of Dracut, Mass. (track & field); junior Amanda Perry of New Bedford, Mass. (softball); sophomore Rachel Riley of Coventry (women’s basketball); senior Jared Rossi of Johnston (baseball); junior Kevin Sutherland of Dauphin, Pa. (wrestling); and senior Christina Tavana of Middletown, Conn. (women’s soccer).
Athletic alumni from each school were also honored. James Wade ’69 was RIC’s Athletic Alumnus Award recipient.
Wade, a Pawtucket native, came to RIC after attending West High School.
While at Rhode Island College, Wade was primarily a forward and played some defense on the men’s soccer team from 1965-69. He also was a member of inter-class men’s basketball championship teams as a freshman in 1964-65 and again as a senior in 1968-69.
Wade earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education from RIC in 1969. He came back to earn his master’s degree in special education in 1976.
After graduation, Wade showed that same sense of dedication and teamwork in his professional career. He went on to a 30-year career as a special educator from 1969-99, spending the bulk of his career at Warwick’s Pilgrim High School.
Wade has remained active in the Anchor Club, RIC’s athletic booster club. He is a member of the Anchor Club Golf Day Committee and attends many athletic and college alumni events.