KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island women's track and field senior Dominique Twombly has earned the Althea Gibson scholar-athlete award, the University announced as part of its annual Black Scholar Award Program. The recipients were virtually honored Friday after the 23rd annual ceremony was canceled due to the unforeseen circumstance of COVID-19. The program has recognized hundreds of students in past years who have made outstanding contributions to the university, state, and nation.
Althea Gibson became the first African-American female tennis player to win the Wimbledon singles in 1957. The award is presented to a senior female athlete in recognition of outstanding performance in sports that highlighted skills of good sportsmanship and the best qualities of the scholar-athlete.
Twombly, a sprinter, owns a 3.32 GPA as a double major studying Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Kinesiology. After battling with injury throughout the last two years, she had one appearance this past indoor season, finishing 24th in the preliminary round of the 60 meters with a time of 8.42 seconds at the URI Coaches Tribute. She had a breakout season her sophomore year, boasting personal bests during indoor in the 60 meters (7.84s), 200 meters (25.48s) and 300 meters (43.34s), and outdoor in the 100 meters (12.10s) and 200 meters (24.98s).
She was actively involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) throughout her four years at URI and also spent time volunteering annually at the Ronald McDonald House Road Race in Providence, R.I. Twombly also volunteered at the children's free clinic hosted by the women's track and field team each January. Twombly led the women's track and field Rhodython fundraising team, participated in a green house covering at Harvest Acres in Richmond, R.I. and has also helped with the URI iStand and Active Minds events.