MB Goes “All-In” with RIIL
This past spring, Moses Brown announced its intention to fully transition its upper school sports program to the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL). In the 2017-18 school year, MB will see boys’ and girls’ swimming, boys’ hockey, and boys’ and girls’ outdoor track and field compete in the RIIL with student-athletes from around the Ocean State. Boys’ tennis will transition to the RIIL within the next few years. Moses Brown has fielded championship teams in each of these sports over the years, and the RIIL presents a wonderful opportunity to continue to compete at a high level against talented friends and neighbors. This move completes an almost two-decades-long migration of the MB sports program into the state’s primary arena for secondary-school athletics.
“We’re excited to deepen our commitment to Rhode Island high school sports,” says Jeff Maidment, Director of Athletics for Moses Brown. “As educators, it’s our duty to provide students with the best opportunities to excel in the classroom, in competitive athletics, and in life – and the RIIL is a great fit.” Moses Brown offers a wide array of athletic opportunities, fielding 56 middle school, JV and varsity programs with over 460 students participating each year. For sports like sailing and squash, which are not represented in the RIIL, Moses Brown will continue to field teams in other leagues or affiliations.
“Moses Brown’s participation in the RIIL dates back to 1959, and this is an exciting time to increase our sense of community with the league’s 65 local public and independent schools,” says Jeff. Approximately 25% of MB’s 2017 graduating class continued on to compete at the collegiate level, continuing a legacy of academic, artistic, and athletic achievement – all steeped in Quaker values – that has been a hallmark of the school since 1784.