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

Three Brown Student-Athletes Named to Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District I At Large Team

PROVIDENCE, RI – Three Brown student-athletes - two seniors and one junior - have been selected to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large team. On the men’s side, senior men’s lacrosse player Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY) and senior fencer Kelly McGuire (Park City, UT) earned First Team honors, while junior gymnast Michelle Shnayder (Lincolnshire, IL) was a First Team honoree on the Women’s At-Large team. All three will now advance to the Academic All-America national ballot.

For the At-Large process, schools may nominate up to three student-athletes for the men’s team and three for the women’s team with three of Brown’s six nominated students earning selection.

A four-year letterwinner and two-time captain of the men’s lacrosse team, Del Prince is a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. He helped lead the Bears to an 8-6 overall record, starting all 14 games. An Honorable Mention All-Ivy selection in 2012, Del Prince led the team in caused turnovers (27) and was third on the team in ground balls (38). The recipient of the Dom Starsia Coaches Award in 2012, Del Prince ranked 17th nationally this season with 1.93 caused turnovers per game after ranking 14th in the nation with 1.86 caused turnovers per game in 2012. Last season, he also played a key role in Brown’s man-down defense that ranked fifth in the country. The Human Biology concentrator and has a 3.88 GPA and has already been accepted into Medical School.

A four-year letterwinner on the fencing team, McGuire was 20-5 in Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition this season in the Epee. A two-time NCAA qualifier, McGuire finished 10th in the Epee at the 2013 NCAA Championship, earning All-America honors, after finishing third at the NCAA Regional event. McGuire was also a Second Team NFC All-Star in the Epee after helping Brown win the combined NFC Title. A 2013 Academic All-Ivy honoree, McGuire was 18th in the Epee at the 2012 NCAA Championships. He is concentrating in Neuroscience and has a 3.71 GPA.

  The recipient of Brown’s RIAIAW Distinguished Student-Athlete of the Year Award, Shnayder won the All-Around at the 2013 Ivy Classic and was second on vault and fifth on both beam and floor as Brown claimed the Ivy Classic Title, its first Ivy Classic title since 1990. She posted career-high scores of 38.850 in the all-around and 9.825 on vault, earning ECAC Gymnast of the Week honors for her efforts at the Classic. Shnayder also finished fourth in the All-Around at the 2013 ECAC Championships, earning Second Team All-ECAC for the second consecutive year. A three-time ECAC All-Academic honoree and 2013 Academic All-Ivy selection, Shnayder helped Brown to a fourth place finish at the 2013 USAG Collegiate Nationals. She is concentrating in Neuroscience and has a 3.88 GPA.