Rhody Reads Program Sends Student-Athletes to Local Schools


- During April, more than 75 student-athletes representing all 18 varsity teams at URI visited four local elementary schools and spent time reading to nearly 1,000 children.

“It humbled me as a person,” said men’s basketball player T.J. Buchanan. “I appreciate the opportunity to play at this level and give back to the community.” 

As part of the second annual URI Life Skills community service project, URI athletes visited 56 different classrooms at Melrose, Matunuck, Wakefield and Peace Dale elementary schools.

“It showed me how much of a role college athletes actually play in younger children’s lives,” said Tyrone Jenkins, a member of the football team. “We really can have an impact. It felt so good to have those kids looking up to us.”