Brown University and its athletic department have a rich history of utilizing athletics as part of the University’s overall goal of developing the entire person. Emphasis is equally placed on the role athletics plays on the field and in cultivating life-lessons such as leadership, personal responsibility and determination.
One of the finer examples of this approach to collegiate athletics is the Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society. Founded in 2007, the Royce Fellowship recognizes Brown University undergraduates who have a record of excellence in academics and sport, supporting these student-athletes to embark on innovative research or applied projects, where they explore the intersection of sport and human rights within a particular context.
As they complete their projects, fellows also become active participants in Brown’s Society of Royce Fellows. Through dinners, regular presentations and discussions, and visits from Royce faculty fellows and alumni, these students share their visions of independent academic research and service with their community of fellows. The Royce experience ultimately encourages both a deep commitment to students’ own scholarly work and ideas as well as a sense of responsibility to the community and world beyond Brown.
This initiative was established through the generosity of Charles Royce ’61 P’91 ’94 ’08. Royce was a member of the men’s soccer team at Brown as was one of his three children who also attended the University. This past summer, Royce’s leadership helped five student-athletes pursue new projects in using athletics as a developmental tool. Click here to meet Evan Coleman ’12, Khalil Fuller ’14, Kasey Haas ’13, John Sheridan ’13 and Jocelyn West ’13 and learn how they have used this unique opportunity to explore issues close to them and help better their community.