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

Ten Brown Athletes Named Academic All-Ivy for Fall 2000

The Ivy League has announced that ten Brown student-athletes have been selected for All-Ivy Academic Honors for the fall season. Each student-athlete selected is a starter or key reserve and has maintained a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average over his/her collegiate career.

The honorees include Sara Tindall '01, Enda Johnson '02, Susana Garcia '01, Annie Owens '02, Doug Kezirian '00.5, Kim Lanzire '02, Scott Powers '01, Cory Gibbs '01, Jesse Cooper '03, and Gordon Chen '01. Sara Tindall '01 (Stanton, NJ) was a standout for the Brown women's cross-country team. She twice captured first place at the Heptagonal Championships and helped the Bears to two NCAA Championship berths, the first two in school history. A political science major, Tindall, also the team captain, has compiled a 3.1 GPA.

Enda Johnson '02 (Monoghan, Ireland) also captured a first place individual finish at Heps this fall, has compiled a 3.33 GPA as a engineering and economics double concentrator.

Another engineering and economics double major with a 3.50 GPA, Susana Garcia '01, the field hockey team captain was named first team All-Ivy and a first team All-American for the Northeast Region this fall. She was also selected to play in the North-South Senior All-Star game.

One of Garcia's teammates, field hockey goalie Annie Owens '02, owns a 3.7 GPA as a history concentrator. She has been the team's starting keeper since arriving at Brown three falls ago, and this past year, had a 1.26 GAA and a save percentage of .774 with four shutouts. Senior water polo player Doug Kezirian, one of the squad's leading scorers and the team captain, graduated in December with a 3.58 GPA as an economics major.

Two members of the Brown men's soccer team earned nods to the Academic All-Ivy team, as Scott Powers '01 and Cory Gibbs '01 each earned recognition. Powers, an economics concentrator with a 3.44, was named First-Team All-Ivy following a season that saw him lead the team in scoring with 6 goals and 8 assists. Gibbs was the Ivy League Player of the Year for 2000, a First-Team All-Ivy selection and a First-Team All-American on the 9th-ranked team in the country. He finished the year with 5 goals, and he owns a 3.3 GPA as an economics concentrator.

A member of the women's soccer team, Kim Lanzire '02, finished the 2000 season as the leading scorer on a 13-4-0 squad, tallying 9 goals and adding 3 helpers. A Bio-Community Health and Business Economics double-concentrator, Lanzire has compiled a 3.33 GPA.

Sophomore Jessie Cooper is the only second-year student on the squad, but as one of the volleyball team's most consistent performers, Cooper has compiled a 3.66 GPA. She has not yet declared a concentration. Senior Gordon Chen, a captain of the 7-3 football team, rounds out the squad. A member of Brown's PLME medical program, Chen was named First-Team All-Ivy following a season that saw him make 50 tackles, including 14 for a loss.