Brown Athletics Unveils Brown Bears Sports Properties As Its Dedicated Corporate Sponsorship Sales Unit

PROVIDENCE, R.I.– Brown University Athletics, in conjunction with Learfield Sports, has developed Brown Bears Sports Properties as its exclusive corporate sponsorship sales unit, as announced today by Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. This dedicated unit is designed to support Brown Athletics’ initiative to enhance the service provided to local and regional businesses and further promote the Brown brand affinity to the corporate community. 


“We are excited about the development of Brown Bears Sports Properties,” said Hayes.  “Learfield Sports is a trusted leader in this field and has long-standing relationships with many college and university athletic programs.  We look forward to implementing the Learfield approach to generate innovative promotional ideas, customized programming and new asset offerings to Brown’s corporate partners.”


Leading Brown Bears Sports Properties is General Manager Augusto “Cookie” Rojas, who most recently served eight years as general sales manager for the Pawtucket Red Sox and taught sports management for nearly five years at Johnson & Wales University. Nelligan Sports Marketing, Brown Athletics’ former marketing partner, was acquired by Learfield Sports in early February. Brown Bears Sports Properties will office on campus, which will allow a close working relationship with the entire Brown Athletics administration. The property manages all aspects of the multimedia rights including venue signage, event sponsorships/marketing, corporate hospitality, radio game broadcasts and coaches’ shows, television and digital sponsorships, including the official athletic website


 “We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Brown and will strive to be terrific partners and representatives by providing exceptional service to the corporate community to enhance the growth of the university brand. We’re excited to be off and running and look forward to building on the outstanding traditions already established here,” said Learfield President and CEO Greg Brown. 


In addition to its core business of nearly 100 collegiate multimedia rights properties which consist of institutional, conference and facility level partnerships, Learfield Sports is involved with collegiate ticketing, licensing and concessions, and titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup that annually awards top-performing athletic programs. Its multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics to fans globally. To learn more about the company’s 40-year history and portfolio, visit

Six Brown Student-Athletes Named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I At Large Team

May 26, 2006

PROVIDENCE, RI - Six Brown student-athletes - four seniors and two juniors - have been selected to the District I ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large teams. For the At-Large process, schools may nominate up to three student-athletes for the men's team and three student-athletes for the women's team. All six of Brown's nominated student-athletes were either named to the First or the Second Team in a vote by members of Co-SIDA. All six Bears have also been recognized as Academic All-Ivy selections this year during the competition season for their respective sport.

Brown placed one student-athlete, senior men's water polo player Andy Wiener (Los Altos, CA) on the First Team, while senior men's tennis player Phil Charm (Concord, MA), and junior wrestler Shawn Kitchner (Startford, WI) earned Second Team honors for the men. On the women's side, senior Deborah Dryer (Cincinnati, OH), a member of the women's crew, senior diver Jessica Larson (Wayland, MA), and junior skier Kelly O'Hear (Niagara Falls, NY) were all named Second Team All-District. Wiener will advance to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America national ballot.

Wiener appeared in all 31 games last fall for the Bears' water polo team and finished the season with 37 goals, which ranked third on the team. He also grabbed 31 steals on defense, while helping Brown to a National ranking of #19 in the country. A Second Team All-Northern Division selection in 2004, Wiener finished his junior year ranked second on the team in scoring with 32 goals. He has been named to the CWPA Outstanding Academic Team (GPA 3.71-4.0) in each of the past three seasons.

A co-captain on the men's tennis team, Charm finished the season with a 15-13 singles record, playing mostly at #2 and #3. He was 26-14 on the year in doubles action, playing all at #1 doubles. An injury during the spring forced him to miss singles action for most of the Ivy season, but he picked up First Team All-Ivy honors in doubles action with a 6-1 Ivy record, helping Brown to its second straight Ivy Title and NCAA Tournament berth. Charm teamed up to win the ITA Northeast Regional Doubles Title in the fall, advancing to the National Indoors. Charm finished his career with two NCAA wins in the Bears' near upset of #18 Notre Dame to finish with 87 career doubles wins, fifth all-time at Brown, and 144 combined wins, eighth all-time at Brown.

Kitchner went 5-0 in Ivy action this season en route to First Team All-Ivy honors at 165 pounds, including a 6-3 win over the 13th-ranked player from Cornell. He placed sixth at the EIWA Championships, leading Brown with an 18-8 overall record, including a 15-2 mark during the second half of the season. He was named to the NWCA All-Academic Team and also earned Academic All-Ivy honors.

Dryer, who is competing in this weekend's NCAA Championship with the Bears, has stroked the varsity 8 boat for the last three seasons, including the 2004 Crew, which won the NCAA Division I National Championships. Brown's varsity 8 currently ranks fifth in the nation and second in the region with a 9-2 regular season record. A Second Team All-Region selection in 2005, Dryer earned First Team All-Region and Second Team All-Ivy honors this year. A two-time Academic All-Ivy honoree, Dryer has also been named a National Scholar Athlete in both 2005 and 2006.

Larson finished the dual meet season undefeated in both the 1M Dive and the 3M dive, going 7-0 in both events. A CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American, Larson broke an 18-year old Brown record on the 3M Dive, scoring a 308.69 in the final dual meet of the season. A First Team All-Ivy selection on the 1M Dive, winning the 1M at the 2006 Ivy Championships with a score of 270.65, Larson was named the Co-Diver of the Meet. She won the preliminary round at NCAA Zones on the 1M and finished in 2nd with a 243.90. A two-time captain, Larson was named the team's 2006 Co-MVP and recipient of the team Scholar-Athlete Award.

O'Hear won two regular season slalom events and one regular season giant slalom event, earning First Team All-East and First Team All-Division. She finished fourth in the slalom and won the giant slalom at ECSC Regionals to earn the Overall Individual Title with 150 points, 40 ahead of second place finisher. Also finished in 11th at the NCAA Regionals in the giant slalom and was first alternate for the NCAA Championships. O'Hear finished sixth in the giant slalom at the USCSA Nationals to earn All-American recognition. She has also been a two-time USCSA All-Academic selection.