Golf tournament to be held in honor of Rhode Island artist who designed Super Bowl rings

David DeCosta's family shared this photo of him.

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — A memorial golf tournament will be held this August in memory of David DeCosta, a Providence native who passed away last year.

DeCosta passed away Oct. 2, 2022, six weeks after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, a fast-growing and aggressive brain cancer.

DeCosta was born and raised in Rhode Island, graduating from both Classical High School and Rhode Island College.

Not only did he design championship rings for high schools and colleges, but worked on designs for the Super Bowl, NHL and NBA.

DeCosta was described as a great man who always put others before himself.

His family said he was always a big fan of sports, and loved to play golf, which encouraged them to start an annual tournament to remember David.

“My dad always loved playing golf but I think what he would love the most about the tournament is that the proceeds are going to help his students while carrying on his legacy,” said Camille DeCosta, David’s daughter.

The family created a scholarship fund at St. Rocco School, where David recently worked as an art teacher.

They said that the proceeds from the tournament will benefit students at St. Rocco School to help continue their education.

The “David DeCosta Memorial Golf Tournament” will take place Aug. 12 at the Valley Country Club in Warwick.

The Facebook post reads that the ticketed event will feature music, raffles, and a dinner following the golf tournament.

Ticket information can be found here, or you can email


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