Providence, RI
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are sport teams at RISD but if you want to play varsity, Brown accepts RISD students.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are an art school and we do not have that many sports teams. Most teams are unofficial although we do participate in races and competitions. We have a great gym with new equipments and facilities that all students have access to.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Some people go into Hockey, Basketball, Football, Soccer; but a lot of people do other physical activities like Hiking, Biking, Kickboxing, Boxing, Yoga

5 Recent Alumnus


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3 College Junior

Athletics: There are only a few sports teams on the campus. Students are very engaged in these offerings though but also have a rigorous academic life.


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  • 1234th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1302nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Helen Koh
Chicago, IL
Graphic Design/Painting
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While serious athletics are pretty much out of the question at RISD, students definitely have fun with what they’ve got. Imagine parents’ weekend, where half the campus is drunk and yelling obscenities at a team of completely bewildered ice-hockey players while a giant penis in a cape (Scrotie, the mascot) leads cheers from the sidelines. Often, the Jockstraps (cheerleading team) will rouse the RISD crowd into heckling some players so badly that fights ensue. Another rallying move is when Scrotie tries to ram the goalposts tip-firstsome images really are worth 1,000 words. Once in a while, there will be a scandal during which Scrotie is kidnapped by an unnamed group. The ransom demands that all ice hockey players (the Nads) skate around the rink after the game in their underwear in order to retrieve their precious mascot. The following drawn-out drama will be involved and scandalous in order to fill the stands. The Nads sometimes score on themselves, but on the off chance that you do see them win, it’s not only a blast, but it’s totally priceless to see the look on the other teams’ faces. Nobody wants to get beaten by the Nads.

The Balls—the basketball team—is a slightly different experience. There is no obscene mascot or profane cheerleading team, and most games appear to be fairly average, but the advertising is uniquely RISD. While walking across campus, you may encounter several posters of RISD's beloved president nonchalantly cradling two basketballs to his chest and solemnly urging the RISD community to “Support Your Balls.” RISD sports gets an A for amusement.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Division
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: N/A
School Nickname
Scrotie (7-foot tall penis with a cape)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cycling
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • MultiSport club
  • Pingpong
  • Rock climbing
  • Running
  • Snowboard and ski club
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Brown Gym
  • Catanzaro Student Center
  • Fitness center in RISD Student Center
  • Olney-Margolies Athletic Center (OMAC), which is Brown University's athletic facility that RISD students may use
Most Popular Sports
Basketball (The Balls), Hockey (The Nads), soccer
School Spirit
School spirit at RISD is alive, but in its own way. People are here because they want to be and they love the school, but they're sarcastic and cynical, and that's also part of the spirit. Scrotie, our penis mascot, and the Jockstraps (the cheerleading squad) wearing their pink and black spandex uniforms, keep our ice hockey games entertaining, especially when you have an entire crowd yelling out, "Go Nads!" For students and the administration, this type of humor is accepted and is a part of our school spirit.
Getting Tickets
There is usually no cost for RISD athletic events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Waterplace Park along the canal (when it's not dark out), Lincoln Woods, Newport Cliffwalk, Benefit Street
Did You Know?
Students can participate in intramurals at Brown University; those sports include ultimate Frisbee, tennis, and softball. The cheerleaders for the Nads wear the colors of pink and black.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 15 responses

  • 47% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 20% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 15 responses

  • 20% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 60% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 20% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 59% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 35% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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