$1 million gifted to URI to improve basketball facilities

KINGSTON, R.I (WLNE) – The University of Rhode Island announced a $1 million gift aimed at benefitting the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The gift was given from James ’80, P’17, and Doreen Clappin P’17, and also counts towards Big Ideas. Bold Plans. The Campaign for The University of Rhode Island. 

The additional funding will be used to support the renovation of the West Gym in the Tootell Athletic Complex, intended to upgrade practice facilities.

“Jim and Doreen continue to demonstrate their commitment to driving URI Athletics forward and giving our student-athletes a competitive advantage,” said Thorr Bjorn, Athletics director.

“We are all grateful, and I know how much this will mean to the men and women of Rhody basketball”, he continued.

This gift follows a $1 million contribution made two years ago for a new synthetic turf field at Meade Stadium.

“I am a proud alum and we are proud parents of a recent graduate,” said James Clappin.

“Doreen and I recognize how important a successful athletics program is for the Rhody community, and we want to create the best possible experience for the next generation of student-athletes”, he said.

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