Ten Standout URI Student-Athletes Honored at Rhode Island State House

April 26, 2010

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Ten University of Rhode Island student-athletes and a distinguished alum were honored at the State House's House of Representatives Chamber. The annual event was hosted by the Speaker of the House, the honorable Gordon D. Fox.

The 10 URI student-athletes introduced in the House Chambers were: Gregory Borrelli (men's track & field), Ben Conway (golf), Ananda Fraser (women's track & field), Ashley Hutchins (softball), Kirsten Leikem (tennis), Will Martell (men's basketball), Oliver Palmer (baseball), Matt Rae (football), Jenessa Redfern (rowing) and Alexis Veith (women's soccer).

Abu Bakr, a 1973 graduate and standout member of the Rhody men's basketball team, was honored as this year's distinguished alumni. Bakr - who remains involved with the Rams' basketball program as the color analyst for games televised on Cox Sports - currently serves as an Executive Assistant to the President/Director of Planning Services & Professional Development at URI.

Standout student-athletes from the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College were also honored, in celebration of the significant academic and athletic achievements at the three respective state institutions of higher learning.