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11 Honored by R.I. House speaker, representatives

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo and Athletic Alumnus Award recipient John Veader, center, are joined by RIC student-athletes who were honored by the R.I. House of Representatives on May 2.

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo and Athletic Alumnus Award recipient John Veader, center, are joined by RIC student-athletes who were honored by the R.I. House of Representatives on May 2.
Ten current Rhode Island College student-athletes and one alum were recognized by Gordon D. Fox, speaker of the House, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives at a reception held in the House Chamber at the Rhode Island State House on May 2.

The event was designed to give significant public recognition to men and women from the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island who have had significant achievements in their academic and athletic pursuits. The honorees have also demonstrated exemplary citizenship and community service.

The 10 scholar-athletes from Rhode Island College: senior Corey Carvalho, men’s soccer; junior Jenna Childs, women’s soccer and lacrosse; junior Stephanie Coro, women’s basketball; senior Kayla DiBlasi, women’s indoor/outdoor track & field; junior Brandon Gauthier, wrestling; sophomore Kyle Harper, men’s golf; senior Kayla Jandreau, softball; senior Nathan Rebello, men’s tennis; junior Rachel Riley, women’s basketball; and senior Kevin Sutherland, wrestling.

John Veader ’57 was RIC’s Athletic Alumnus Award recipient.

Veader came to the Rhode Island College of Education in the fall of 1953. He played four years of basketball and four years of soccer, earning All-New England honors as a soccer goalie from his sophomore through senior campaigns.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in education in 1957, he returned to East Providence where he was a social studies teacher for the next 35 years. He served as the social studies department head for 35 years until his retirement in 1992. He earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Rhode Island in 1966.

Veader also kept active in coaching, despite having Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was inducted into the Rhode Island Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.