Rams Visit Local School to Deliver Message About Education

Rams Visit Local School to Deliver Message About Education

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island men's basketball team took time out of the day Wednesday to visit with students at Pocasset Elementary School in Tiverton as part of the National Grid Foundation's  "Hoops for the Stars" program.

After playing in Saint Louis Tuesday, the entire team made its way to Pocasset Elementary School in time to greet students with high-fives as they entered the building to begin the school day. During a gathering in the school auditorium, the Rhody players discussed the importance of working hard in school and getting a strong education. Senior Stanford Robinson led the students in a "Let's Go Rhody!" chant, and players posed for pictures, gave out t-shirts and mini basketballs and signed autographs for the students. 

This is the fifth year Rhode Island Athletics and National Grid have partnered for the "Hoops for the Stars" program. Through "Hoops for the Stars" and the National Grid Foundation, Rhode Island Athletics has provided thousands of local students and parents the opportunity to earn tickets to Rhode Island men's and women's basketball games in return for hard work in the classroom and positive behavior in the community. The program underscores a shared commitment by URI Athletics and the National Grid Foundation to create opportunities for solutions to educational issues within local school districts.

The National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life across its grant making territory. The Foundation's ongoing challenge is to create opportunities for solutions to educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and communities. Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation has provided more than $20 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.