The Rhode Island Interscholastic League Announces Ortho Rhode Island as Official Orthopedic Partner


The RIIL announced today a three-year partnership agreement with Ortho RI that will result in world-class sports medicine advice and clinical care expertise. The partnership will also create a collaborative community relations outreach programs through Athletic Trainers in Rhode Island high schools and pre-participation physicals.

As the Official Orthopedic Partner, Ortho RI will be the Presenting Sponsor for Boys & Girls Soccer, Football, Boys & Girls Hockey, Boys & Girls Lacrosse, Fast Pitch Softball and Baseball. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Ortho RI is Rhode Island’s largest orthopedic care provider. Their Sports Medicine Team provides medical coverage for:

  • University of Rhode Island Athletics
  • Bryant University Athletics
  • Johnson and Wales Athletics
  • Ocean State Waves

Ortho RI is regarded as a top practice offering comprehensive musculoskeletal care, with seven hospital affiliations, 17 community locations, and more than 55 orthopedic specialists, offering more than eight sub-specialty services and centers.

"We have similar goals and it is a natural partnership," says RIIL Executive Director Tom Mezzanotte. "Their doctors are highly skilled and in fact many were RIIL athletes. We want our athletes playing the sports they love at the highest level..Ortho RI's sports medicine team helps educate our coaches on important topics facing today's young students-athletes."

Ortho RI also offers preventive measures and thorough pre-participation physicals aimed at identifying areas of potential weakness and suggestions for improvement to maximize the physicality needed to compete.
Ortho RI is already currently supporting several of our member schools with on-site Athletic Trainers (Central Falls, Chariho Regional, Davies, Johnston, North Kingstown, North Providence, The Prout School, South Kingstown, Tolman and Westerly.).

"Ortho Rhode Island is pleased to solidify this partnership with Rhode Island Interscholastic League to provide expert sports medicine care to their athletes. We look forward to working with the athletes, coaches, parents and administrators to enable their teams to compete at the highest level. Our commitment to athletics in Rhode Island is further solidified through this valued relationship with RIIL and our team at Ortho RI," said Michael Bradley, MD, President and CEO of Ortho RI.