Mother Nature may have been at her worst, but
she did nothing to dampen the spirits of the 186
Johnson & Wales alumni athletes who turned out
for the department’s first reunion.
Former members of the JWU hockey, baseball,
men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, softball,
sailing, wrestling and cross country teams came
to Homecoming-Family Weekend in October 2009,
many of them expecting to play in alumni games.
Rain and wind forced cancellation of the baseball,
softball and soccer games, but that didn’t stop other
alumni events from taking place.
The hockey alumni played to an 8–8 draw at the
Rhode Island Sports Center in North Smithfield.
Women’s volleyball alums battled at the Harborside
Recreation Center. And, through the inclement
weather, sailing alumni competed in the first-ever
Tom Carmody Memorial Regatta on the waters of
Narragansett Bay. Carmody, the university’s third director of athletics and longtime admissions officer,
was an avid sailor among his many athletic interests
before his passing in November 2007.
Following competitive events, it was off to the
Waterplace Restaurant in downtown Providence for
an evening of hors d’oeuvres, memories and merriment.
Dozens of former student-athletes renewed
acquaintance and dusted off the old stories of errant
throws, championship games and the teammates
who made their experience at JWU better through
There were former student-athletes from the
very first JWU teams of the mid-90s,
like ex-hockey standout Randy Suckney ’96,
Wildcat Athletic Hall of Famers Tory and Scott
Jacob ’99, women’s volleyball standout and current
assistant coach, Kim Cyr Little ’02, and new
alumni like sailor and former Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee president, Elizabeth “Betsy”
Loomis ’07. But the event turned out to be one of
the best alumni reunions in recent years and it won’t
be the last.
In fact, the reunion has spawned what may be an
annual affair, with plans for a fall 2010 replay that
could include events for former players from all 16