Athletics at Prout
The goal of athletics at The Prout School is to lead young men and women to the realization that true growth and fulfillment are achieved in the struggle for success.
At Prout, 61% of our students participate in interscholastic athletics, and many of our students are multi-sport athletes.
The development of self-discipline and dedication, both mental and physical, and the ideal of serving others, especially one’s teammates, are the themes emphasized in the growth to maturity. It is The Prout School’s belief that athletic competition is both a tremendous source of enjoyment and recreation, as well as an excellent way to reach young people and help them prosper.
The goals and purpose of Prout School’s athletic programs can best be explained with:
“The 5 W’s of Interscholastic Athletics”
We are educational athletics, not big time event promoters.
We are the builders of tomorrow’s community leaders, not a “farm system” for college or professional teams.
We are an after school activity, not a year-round endeavor. Our program allows kids to be kids.
Our games are played locally. There is plenty of healthy competition where kids can learn and grow through athletics. We do not need national schedules to accomplish our purposes.
Because it is the right way to do it! Schools offer these programs because they enhance the educational experience of the young people who participate.
Michael Traficante, Director of Athletics
Michael Traficante, now in his fifth year as Director of Athletics, previously served as the Director of Athletics for the Cranston Public School System from 2001 – 2012. He was responsible for the athletic programs at both Cranston High School East and Cranston High School West which involved 84 athletic teams over 85 coaches and 1,400 athletes.
Mike (pictured, right) has been an active member of the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators’ Association (RIIAAA) since 2001. He has served as their Recording Secretary, Vice President, President-elect, President and, in July of 2014, completed his term as Past-President of the RIIAAA.
He just completed his second two year term as a voting member of the Principal’s Committee on Athletics. He is also the Chairman of the RIIL Hall of Fame Committee, President of the RII Injury Fund, Co-Director of Softball and a member of the boys’ soccer, girls’ basketball and the boys and girls swim committees.
Mike attained CAA status (Certified Athletic Administrator) in 2008, was recognized as the 2005 Rhode Island Athletic Director of the Year, in 2010 received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators State Award of Merit, and in 2016 was inducted into the Rhode Island Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Mike, with the assistance of the Prout Booster Club, have put together a great “Sports Recognition Night”, Homecoming Weekend, the Prout Athletic Hall of Fame, the Prout Girls Basketball Classic, and the Crusader Golf Classic which has raised enough money to hire our own part time athletic trainer. This year on Saturday, November 26th, Prout will be holding its very first boys alumni basketball game and at halftime retire the first two “jersey numbers” in the school’s proud athletic history.