The history of the Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative dates back to an external review of Brown Athletics conducted in the 2018-19 academic year, which confirmed that the high number of varsity sports at Brown was a barrier to competitiveness. In January 2020, University President Christina H. Paxson appointed a Committee on Excellence in Athletics and charged its members to make recommendations to enhance the quality of the student experience in athletics.
For years, Brown’s vision for varsity athletics has been to advance the ideal of the scholar-athlete — the bright and passionate student who embraces excellence both in academics and also in their sport. The vision is for athletes who, as Brown students, are among the most academically talented in the world, who also compete on teams that are among the most competitive among university peers.
Club sports, which provide competitive opportunities open to wider participation, play an equally important role by advancing students’ health and well-being.
For both varsity and club sports, Brown recognizes the power of competitive athletics to bring together students, faculty, staff, families and alumni to build pride, affinity and a strong sense of community.
The goal of the Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative is to address barriers to achieving this vision. The initiative charts a positive path toward building a varsity athletics program for women and men that could be among the most competitive among Brown’s peers in the next 10 years.
It reshapes Brown Athletics in a way that positions student-athletes to fully achieve excellence both in academics and in their sports.