By Sam Blum '19
It may have been a long time since Roxana Richardson '94 laced up her skates for Wesleyan's ice hockey team or rowed crew on the Connecticut River, but her generous support of Wesleyan Athletics indicates that the importance of these experiences is something she feels quite profoundly.
Roxana hails from San Antonio, Texas and attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire before enrolling at Wesleyan. She said her choice was made "specifically because Wesleyan provided for teams in the two sports I favored: ice hockey and crew." She was very competitive in her student days, building on the drive to win she fostered in her time at St. Paul's. From early on, her fierce devotion to her on-ice play was matched by a real desire to protect the future of the team. "In the early 1990's, Wesleyan considered dropping the women's ice hockey team due to budgetary constraints," Roxana said. "I started supporting the team because I didn't want it to go away."
Roxana does not consider herself to be a typical Wesleyan alum. She feels her conservative background and athletic focus set her apart from other Wes graduates; she doesn't stay in close contact with her Wesleyan classmates the way others might. She has stayed busy, however. Since moving back to her hometown of San Antonio a few years ago, Roxana and her husband welcomed their first child together, a daughter, in the spring of 2015. Roxana also recently passed the Texas bar exam.
Though the chill of the Spurrier-Snyder Rink may be far removed from balmy Texas, Roxana continues to see the importance of her time on the ice at Wesleyan. "Being able to compete on a team was an important aspect of my college experience," Roxana says. "I want to ensure other women will be able to compete in collegiate sports while they work towards their outstanding academic education." Though Roxana now spends her days closer to the Rio Grande than to the Connecticut River, her generous contributions to Wesleyan's athletic department ensure that many young women will have an opportunity to row crew or play hockey the same way she did. "My goal," Roxana shares, "is to keep Wesleyan the unique kind of place where students can achieve excellence in all fields, or rinks, or rivers, so to speak."