Rhode Island Rams
||It has been suggested that Rhody the Ram be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since November 2012.|
|Rhode Island Rams|
|University||University of Rhode Island|
|Conference(s)||Atlantic 10 Conference, Colonial Athletic Association|
|Athletics director||Thorr Bjorn|
|Varsity teams||18 (8 men's, 10 women's)|
|Football stadium||Meade Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Ryan Center|
|Baseball stadium||Bill Beck Field|
|Soccer stadium||URI Soccer Complex|
|Other arenas||Keaney Gymnasium|
|Mascot||Rhody the Ram|
|Fight song||"Rhode Island Born"|
|Colors||Keaney blue, White, and Navy blue
The Rhode Island Rams are the athletic programs of the University of Rhode Island, based in Kingston, Rhode Island, USA. The Rams compete in the NCAA's Division I as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The football team, however, competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision, as the A-10 does not sponsor football. The program's athletic director is Thorr Bjorn.
The school's colors are light blue (officially referred to as "Keaney blue"), white, and navy blue. The school's mascot is Rhody the Ram. It was chosen in 1923 as tribute to the school's agricultural history, making its first appearance in 1929. The school has not used a live ram since the introduction of "Rhody," a student in an anthropomorphic ram costume, in 1974.
Men's Intercollegiate Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Sports
- * = The football team competes in the Colonial Athletic Association.
URI Basketball has not reached the NCAA tournament since 1999, but in the 1990s the Rams made the Big Dance in 1997, 1998, and 1999. In 1998, the Rams went on a surprise run to the Elite 8.
|Baseball||Bill Beck Field|
|Rowing||URI Campanella Rowing Center|
|Soccer||URI Soccer Complex|
|Softball||URI Softball Complex|
|Swimming & Diving||Tootell Aquatics Center|
|Tennis||URI Tennis Courts|
|Indoor Track||Mackal Fieldhouse|
Similarities to the North Carolina Tar Heels
There are several similarities between the Rhode Island Rams and the North Carolina Tar Heels. The schools share nearly identical colors, though Carolina Blue is slightly lighter than Keaney Blue. Both have rams as mascots, though for different reasons: URI chose the mascot as a homage to URI's agricultural heritage, while Rameses was chosen as a homage to Jack Merritt, the "Battering Ram." Finally, the songs "I'm A Tar Heel Born" and "Rhode Island Born" are nearly identical, with "A Tar Heel" replacing "Rhode Island in the first half of the song, and "Car'lina-lina" replacing "Go Rhode Island" in the second half."
Home games for Football, Baseball, Men's (and select Women's) Basketball, as well as the school's ACHA Men's Ice Hockey team, can be heard on the University's student radio station WRIU. Other sports, including Men's and Women's Soccer, Softball, Women's Ice Hockey and select Women's Basketball games are carried on WRIU's online station RIU2.
The University of Rhode Island Club Sports program consists of 15 competitive, collegiate club teams. Each team is organized and managed by students with guidance from the Coordinator of Club Sports. They include Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Roller Hockey, Rowing, Sailing, Rugby, Swimming, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Ultimate and Equestrian. The Ice Hockey team competes in Division I of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
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