PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University wrestling volunteered with Stages of Freedom this fall, moving over 5,000 books from the East Side of Providence to the organization's downtown location.
The Bears brought the books from the estate of Martin Beckmann, a former professor of economics and applied mathematics at Brown, to Stages of Freedom's storefront. The books form the core of the organization's shop inventory, sales of which pay for swimming lessons for Rhode Island children of color.
Stages of Freedom has a three-pronged mission: to provide youth of color access to swimming programs in order to reduce the rate of drowning in communities of color; to build community by creating and providing programming around African-American Rhode Island life and culture to a wide audience; and to educate and empower inner-city youth by providing cultural opportunities and access to museums and live performances.
Brown opens the 2017-18 season at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open at Binghamton University in Vestal, N.Y., on Sunday, Nov. 12.