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Campaign Helps Athletic Center Get in Shape

Bri Rudolph Sharpened Skills at Costello, now UML is Working to Get Facility into Peak Condition

UML Basketball player Bri Rudolph
Between practices, workouts and study hall, Bri Rudolph, leading scorer on the women’s basketball team, spends six or more hours a day at the Costello Center.

By Beth Brosnan

Bri Rudolph liked the looks of UMass Lowell from the moment she first laid eyes on the campus. Everywhere she looked, she saw new academic buildings and dorms going up. “I wanted to be part of a place that was up and coming,” the Lynn native recalls, “and I could tell the university was really growing.”

Now, as a grad student who’s just a few months away from earning her master’s degree in Criminal Justice, Rudolph is a key member of the up-and-coming Division I women’s basketball team — the team’s leading scorer who’s twice made the America East academic honor roll. Come fall, after she completes her Police Academy training, she’ll join a new team, as one of the newest members of UML’s University Police.

“I came in really committed to basketball, and I’m leaving even more committed to my education,” says Rudolph. “I discovered a passion for law enforcement. Joining the University Police means I’ll have an opportunity to have a different impact at UMass Lowell.”

Rudolph credits basketball with teaching her many things: how to listen, how to lead, how to stay on top of a demanding schedule, all skills she honed at UML’s Costello Athletic Center. Between practices, workouts and study hall at Costello’s Academic Center, Rudolph spends six or more hours a day at the facility. She credits the Academic Center advisors and tutors with helping players succeed off the court as well as on: “They really help us build the next stage of our lives.”

To help all our 400 DI student-athletes succeed at every stage, UML has launched a $5 million campaign to renovate the Costello Center. Upgrading and expanding the 55-year-old facility’s training, academic and meeting spaces will put Costello on par with other America East schools, and enable UML to recruit and compete at the national level.

Supporters have already raised $1.6 million for the Costello Campaign. To find out how you can get involved, visit