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Inaugural Intercollegiate Renaissance Games to be held at URI

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

The Institute for International Sport, situated on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, will host the inaugural “Intercollegiate Renaissance Games,” a “Renaissance Experience” involving the participation of six American colleges, and one team from abroad.

The participating colleges are:

• Bates College
• Lynchburg College
• Randolph-Macon Women’s College
• Hampden-Sydney College
• Bridgewater College
• University of Rhode Island
• University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)

The Renaissance Games has been conceived by the Institute as an alternative to what many consider to be the excessive nature of intercollegiate sports. The objective of the Renaissance Games is to encourage the participants to be well-rounded individuals who are able to use their minds and bodies to complete tasks and solve problems in a team-oriented setting. This goal will be met by building a bridge between academic, athletic and cultural pursuits through a series of friendly, but highly spirited competitions. The events will include basketball, debate, “mathletics,” soccer, poetry, and a rope pull, among many others. Points are kept, and a team winner will be declared on Sunday at closing ceremonies.

“This is one of the most important concepts introduced in our field in decades,” stated Suzanne Coffey, Athletic Director at Bates College, whose school will be competing, and who is serving as chair of the event. “The Renaissance Games will introduce various facets of competition, all of which balance body and mind.”

“The Intercollegiate Renaissance Games will serve as an antidote to what many in the media, and on college campuses, decry as the excessive nature of college sports,” stated Russ Hogg, Institute chair.

Students selected for participation were chosen based not only on their athletic qualifications, but their academic and leadership qualifications as well.

Interviews may be arranged with Australian participants, who arrive on June 7 at the Institute for International Sport at URI, by contacting Jon Peachey at: or 401.874.2375. Interviews with other participants, as well as athletic directors and coaches from the American schools may be coordinated anytime after June 9 through Mr. Peachey.

For further information, including a full schedule of Renaissance events and activities, go to or contact Jon Peachey at 401.874.2375.