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

April 27, 2009

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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 William J. Murphy.

The 10 URI student-athletes which were introduced in the House Chambers were: Jimmy Baron (men's basketball); Kedan Crosby (men's soccer); Anthony Ferrer (football); Becca Fish (women's soccer); Stephanie Gregory (women's track); Jasmine Jennings (women's track); Lauren Killea (rowing); Jeffry Martins (men's track & field); Dan Rhault (baseball); and Caitlin Welsh (volleyball).

Phil Kydd, a standout member for the Rhody men's basketball program from 1977-81, was honored as this year's distinguished alumni. Kydd, a native of Bronx, N.Y., captained the Rams as a senior and was known as one of the team's unsung heroes during his career.

Widely regarded as one of the team's top sixth man performers, the 6-4 forward helped guide the Rams to an 80-37 mark, including three 20-win seasons and a trip to the 1978 NCAA Tournament. Kydd earned his degree in studio art in 1981.

Dr. Robert Carothers, outgoing president at the University of Rhode Island, was also presented with a framed poem from Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, president of Rhode Island College, as a token of appreciation of his 18 years of service.

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