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April 30, 2012

From Raiders to Redhawks

-Roberts Wesleyan College Changes Name of Sports Teams as part of Division II Transition


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — As part of the college’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, Roberts Wesleyan College is changing the name of its sports teams from Raiders to Redhawks.  

“As the college transitions to Division II athletics, it seemed like a natural time to re-evaluate the athletic logo,” said Roberts Wesleyan College President John A. Martin. “We are pleased about the new opportunities the ‘Redhawks’ image affords us, and we feel strongly that our sports teams will see continued success.  

The new moniker was selected by a taskforce made up of student-athletes, faculty, staff, and alumni. Several alternative options, including a redesign of the Raiders logo, were considered and professionally illustrated before the final decision was made.  The new Redhawks visual identity will be unveiled on team uniforms at the start of the fall 2012 athletic season.

 In preparation for the 2014 move to Division II, the college has also added two new practice fields for soccer and lacrosse and two new locker rooms. All Roberts Wesleyan 2012-2013 athletic teams will play Division II competition in the East Coast Conference.

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About Roberts Wesleyan College:

With an enrollment of nearly 2,000 students and a tradition of excellence since 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts colleges with a Christian worldview. Roberts offers more than 50 undergraduate programs, as well as graduate programs in education, school psychology, school counseling, health administration, nursing administration, nursing education, social work, counseling in ministry and strategic leadership. Roberts Wesleyan also offers innovative undergraduate degree-completion programs for working adults in health administration, nursing and organizational management.

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