CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – For the first time in school history, a Roger Williams University student-athlete has captured the title of an NCAA Division III National Championship. Up against top competition in the March 12 tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, David Welch made RWU history with a 5-4 win to become the first Hawk to claim an NCAA national championship.
Head Wrestling Coach Jon Egan credits Welch’s victory to the athlete’s dedication to training and serving as the team’s wrestling captain, a role in which he inspired each of his six teammates to put their best effort forward at the national tournament and place 15th overall as a team.
"We work so hard to get guys on the All-American podium and David eclipsed that goal by being only the fifth NCAA champ from an all-New England school," Egan said. "With regards to recruiting, we are on the national map now. David shows all future wrestlers that if you focus and sacrifice, anything is possible."
With the holidays approaching, the Feinstein Center would like to encourage students, faculty and staff to participate in the annual Turkey Basket Contest.
Over the past 12 years, the RWU community has donated hundreds of baskets to the Bristol/Warren communities. These baskets have provided complete holiday meals and lifted sprits during the holiday season.
Each year, departments, student clubs and organizations, and groups of faculty, staff and students submit baskets that contain complete thanksgiving meals (including gift cards for the turkey, non-perishables) and other fun items such as crayons and coloring books, children’s books, and holiday tableware. Some of the baskets have included a holiday breakfast or have been large enough to fill a family’s pantry for a month!
This year RWU is joining the East Bay Food Pantry to ensure that every family who needs a turkey basket gets one. The pantry currently provides food and other basic needs to over 5,000 individuals in the Bristol/Warren community.