Gariglio Honored as RIAIAW Distinguished Student-Athlete

Gariglio Honored as RIAIAW Distinguished Student-Athlete

KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island senior softball player Danielle Gariglio was honored as a Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics Distinguished Student-Athlete of the Year Award at a reception Monday night at Roger Williams University.

Since arriving at URI campus four years ago, Gariglio (second from right in photo) has been a fixture in the community, getting involved in a multitude of areas.

As a four-year starting centerfielder for the softball team, she has been a constant presence on the field for the Rams. A captain for the last two seasons, she is leader in every sense of the word. Supportive of her teammates while also maintaining a sense of accountability for the team, she has been the team's moral compass for the last four seasons.

Off the field, Gariglio has delivered in the classroom, earning Dean's List and Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition for every semester of her collegiate career. Carrying a 3.8 grade-point average, she is a National Fastpitch Coach Association All-America Scholar Athlete while also earning membership for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key Society and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.

For four years, Gariglio has squeezed every minute possible out of the college experience at Rhode Island. She is heavily involved in the Uri-STANDers Bystander Intervention Program, has served as a URI student-athlete orientation leader and has been a captain and mentor in the athletic department's Lambs to Rams program.

The journalism major is an on-air personality with her own show on the campus student radio station, and for two years she served as the color analyst for Rhode Island women's basketball broadcast streams. She interned with the URI Sports Information office and then volunteered her time working football, women's volleyball, soccer and basketball events for two years after the internship ended. She also interned with Save the Bay in Narragansett. A talented writer, Gariglio was a blogger for the website, sharing her perspective on the college experience with a national audience.

An advocate for community service, Gariglio has volunteered with the URI Suicide Prevention Walk, the Save the Bay International Coastal Cleanup, the URI Mental Health Awareness 5K, Operation Warm Coat and Adopt a Family.

The RIAIAW is an organization that recognizes distinguished female student-athletes competing at any of Rhode Island's nine intercollegiate athletic institutions. Annually, the RIAIAW presents its Distinguished Athlete of the Year to one outstanding student-athlete from each college and university in the state, with the award being based upon athletic excellence, academic success, and leadership qualities.