RISDEAF strives to provide a natural social environment for all of its students. There are numerous extra-curricular athletic activities including: soccer, basketball, track and field. Athletic programs are offered beginning in middle school at the developmental league level, and continue through high school at a more competitive, Varsity level.
Athletics are an integral part of the educational and social process at RISDEAF. Competitive sports offer a unique opportunity for our students to develop a positive self-image and to challenge themselves to grow and set goals.
The aim of the program is to develop competitive athletes while emphasizing important values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, commitment, fitness and scholastic achievement. Our athletic teams compete with hearing schools in Coastal Prep League and with Deaf schools from the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association, (ESDAA), Division II.
The athletic program welcomes support from parents, staff, and the Deaf community. We recognize that competition and tournaments contribute greatly to the social development of our students. The following varsity sports are offered: Soccer, Basketball, and Track & Field. Other sports, such as volleyball or softball are offered when there is sufficient interest.
Research conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics found that participation in extracurricular activities have a positive correlation to the students’ attendance, GPA, test scores, and expected educational goals.
Students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that enrich learning and school life at RISD. This may include participation in the annual Gallaudet University Academic Bowl, LEGO Robotics, Battle of the Books, intramurals, the Rochester Institute of Technology Middle School Math Team Competition, serving on the yearbook committee, displaying artwork at local Art Shows, and joining Shakespeare in the City, as well as participating other student organizations such as Jr. NAD (National Association for the Deaf) and Student Government.