Serving the community stands as an integral part of the student-athlete experience at Brown, and each year hundreds of student-athletes and dozens of coaches spend time working towards this central part of the mission of the University. From SAAC’s “Tug for a Cure” event to football’s annual “Be The Match” registry drive to multiple teams’ visits to The Wolf School, Brown student-athletes are working to make the Providence community – and beyond – a better one.

2017-18 Outreach Events

Women's Basketball Signs Ellie Leo through Team IMPACT
Brown University women's basketball has officially signed Ellie Leo, a 12-year-old, seventh grade student from Norton, Mass., to its roster through a Team IMPACT Cystic Fibrosis Project "Draft Day" Sponsored by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, the Bears announced on Thursday night.

Crew Programs Raise over $77,000 through Pull for a Cure Challenge
The Brown University men’s and women’s crew programs helped raise over $77,000 through the Pull for a Cure Challenge to support the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research and support programs as part of this weekend’s 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta.

Feature: Brown Athletics Celebrates 27th Annual Vartan Gregorian School Kickoff
Brown athletics celebrated its 27th annual Vartan Gregorian School Kickoff as student-athletes and coaches from the Bears' 38 varsity programs visited the Providence elementary school.

Football Hosts 13th Annual Bench Press for Cancer Event
On Monday, October 16, Brown Football will host the 13thannual Bench Press for Cancer on Brown's Main Campus Green. This event was created in 2004 to help former team captain Lawrence Rubida '05 and his family pay for the medical bills associated with his battle against Ewing's Sarcoma.  Despite Lawrence's passing, his former teammates and those that have followed have lived by his credo "never quit."

Volleyball Hosts "Spike ALS" Match to Benefit ALS Association
Brown's match against Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m. will serve as the Bears' Spike ALS Match as Brown works to support research and awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The Bears will don red apparel for the match in support of the cause. ALS has affected the family of Brown head coach Diane Short. Coach Short's mother and aunt have both passed away from the disease while her brother and sister currently have ALS.


2016-17 Outreach Events

Men’s Swimming & Diving Visits Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Members of the Brown men's swimming & diving team recently visited Hasbro Children's Hospital with the Brown University Oncology Group (BrUOG) BrownCures program.

Gymnastics Participates in PurpleStride Rhode Island for Sixth Year
For the sixth straight year, Brown University gymnastics participated in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's PurpleStride Rhode Island as a Walking for Wendy Team in memory of Wendy Keil, the late mother of Brown gymnastics alumna Sarah Keil Chernoff '03. 

Baseball Volunteers at Providence Ronald McDonald House
In the ongoing effort to give back to the community, the Brown University baseball team recently took the time to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, making multiple trips over the course of the spring semester.

Athletics Hosts Annual Vartan Gregorian School Celebration
Brown Athletics hosted its annual Vartan Gregorian Elementary School celebration and banquet on Wednesday night at the Nelson Fitness Center with members of the Brown and Vartan communities coming together for a night of recognition.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Holds Second Annual “Tug for a Cure”
Brown University athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee partnered to host the second annual “Tug for a Cure” on Sunday afternoon as Bear teams competed in a tug-of-war competition to raise money for the Brown University Oncology Research Group (BrUOG).

Brown Football Helps Give The Gift of Life With 8th Annual “Be The Match” Bone Marrow Donor Testing Drive
Brown head coach Phil Estes and the Bears’ Football team are once again joining collegiate football teams throughout the country in an effort to recruit new bone marrow volunteers to the “Be The Match” registry. The Bears will sponsor their Eighth Annual Bone Marrow Donor Testing Drive on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Sayles Hall, located on the main campus, from 10 am to 4 pm. The drive is open to the public and sponsored by Brown Football and the Brown Warren Alpert Medical School.

Women’s Basketball Visits The Wolf School
While in the midst of the spring semester and the final weekends of the Ivy League season, Brown University women’s basketball spent some time on Wednesday, Mar. 1 to help out at a middle school basketball practice at The Wolf School.

Feature: Women's Hoops Discusses Think Pink in Partnership with BrUOG
Brown women's basketball head coach Sarah Behn and sophomores Erika Steeves and Taylor Will discuss the Bears' "Think Pink" campaign in partnership with the Brown University Oncology Research Group (BrUOG).

Brown Football Hosts Annual "Bench Press for Cancer" Event
Brown football hosted the annual "Bench Press for Cancer" event on the main green, supporting the cancer survivorship program for young adults at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital.

Brown Athletics Celebrates 26th Annual Vartan Gregorian School Kickoff
Brown University athletics celebrated its partnership with the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School with the 26th Annual Kickoff event between the two schools as Brown student-athletes and coaches visited the Providence, R.I., school on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.

Brown Athletics Supports the Brown University Oncology Research Group
With Breast Cancer Awareness Month underway in the month of October, Brown athletics offers its support to the Brown University Oncology Research Group.

Swim Across America
The Brown men's and women's swimming & diving teams combined to form "Team Brown University" and raised $11,435 for Swim Across America – Rhode Island at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett, R.I. The Bears were one of six collegiate teams to raise over $10,000 to support the Oncology Research and Treatment center at Women & Infants Hospital. 


Previous Events

Brown Competes in Inaugural SAAC “Tug for a Cure”
Brown University athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee partnered to host the inaugural "Tug for a Cure" in which Bear teams competed in a tug-of-war competition to raise money for the Brown University Oncology Group (BrUOG).


Brown Athletics Partners with Cell Phones For Soldiers
Brown University athletics, led by the baseball and women’s lacrosse programs, partnered with the Cell Phones For Soldiers nonprofit and held a pair of donation events during the second week of November. 


Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point
Brown University athletics celebrated its 25th year in partnership with the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School with the annual kickoff event on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. 

In 1991, Brown University adopted Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point and began a program which has grown and developed into what it is today - a mutually beneficial partnership that has received much recognition both inside Brown and within the community. The program works because student-athletes are willing to devote time to it and treat it as the special relationship that it is. Each classroom at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point has a designated team who visits the classroom and volunteers their time to help the students. The Athletic Department and student-athletes also participate in three or four school-wide events each year.