Save Temple Men’s Gymnastics

Please sign this petition.

target: The Temple University Board of Trustees

The Temple University Board of Trustees has recently announced that they will no longer be funding several sports programs, one being men’s gymnastics. Temple gymnastics has been a pillar to Temple University with it’s academic and athletic excellence. We have produced national champions, world team members, and Olympians since our inaugural season. Please help us SAVE OUR SPORT!

Save Temple University Men’s Gymnastics



This is an Open Letter to Temple University, The Gymnastics Community, and Sports World:

Gymnastics is one of the most watched sports during the Olympics world wide. Including Temple University, there are only 17 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics programs in the entire nation. This means that any gymnast who can even make it onto a collegiate team is one of the most elite athletes in the nation. And these are also the gymnasts who go on to represent the United States of America at international competitions, including the Olympics.

Discontinuing funding of any NCAA Men’s Gymnastics program will be not only a major loss to the university, but to the entire national gymnastics community. I had to fight to keep the University of Illinois at Chicago Men’s Gymnastics program from being cut and I will fight just as hard to save Men’s Gymnastics Team at Temple University. Losing Temple gymnastics will cause a domino effect of problems throughout NCAA gymnastics that I am not willing to see happen. The Temple Athletic Director and University President need to understand that not only will they be taking away opportunities from students athletes at their own school but also at schools around the entire ECAC and NCAA.

To the Freddy and the men of Temple Gymnastics:

You have always been fierce competitors on the competition floor, yet gracious hosts to the City of Brotherly Love. I know the rivalry that stood between us also drove us all to be better gymnasts, letting us reach new levels in our sport. However, there is no place for rivalry when it comes to saving our sport. I am all in. I will do everything I can to rally the troops and stand beside Temple Gymnastics in the fight to save this program.

To those reading this:

Sign the petition and then be ready to fight! This is a call to arms to support our brothers in sport.


Andrew Stover
University of Illinois at Chicago 2006-2010


from December 1994, the last time Temple threatened to cancel Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics.

newspaper article

The article was linked by the Save Temple Men’s Gymnastics’s Page.


#1 NESA Boys Gymnastics Team on 12.09.13 at 1:02 pm

We sent your request to all our team parents and posted it on our facebook page. What else can we do to help? We must save these programs…. we only have 17 of them. We have some very talented gymnasts that want to compete at the NCAA level. We need to make sure there are enough schools with the program.

Donna Personeus
Communication Chair
NESA Boys Gymnastics Team
Westwood, MA

#2 Becky Blair on 12.09.13 at 2:39 pm

Becky Blair

#3 coach Rick on 12.09.13 at 4:11 pm

Thanks Donna.

Great idea.

#4 mike cates on 12.09.13 at 6:05 pm

It just seems to be that we must put tremendous focus on the Character that the sport develops as well as the Educational Benefits! The gymnast competing is important but so many Educators do not seem to look or care about the Competition as much as they might care about the Character it builds and the Educational Benefits of participating in the Sport of Mens Artistic Gymnastics! Just a thought!

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#6 Ono No Komachi on 12.09.13 at 9:55 pm

Many Athletic Directors and University Presidents have the somewhat same view of non revenue sports as farmers and ranchers have of wolves and mountain lions…pests that are going to eat their resources and wreck their bottom line.

That these things are valuable in their own right, were there first, increase diversity, and are beautiful does not matter to most of these people.

They only care that the wolves don’t eat their cattle…or that these non revenue sports are not doing too much harm to their business plan.

It isn’t supposed to be this way, but it is.

#7 michael cates on 12.10.13 at 7:18 pm

Gymnastics Is My Life! It just seems that there is a pattern that seems to be building! We get an SOS from a Mens Team at College where the Mens Team is about to get dropped! It just seems that we need to be more pro-active! We will be assisting in helping Temple keep its program! Just a thought!

#8 S on 12.13.13 at 3:28 pm

If men’s gymnastics goes then goes womens gymnastics. Gymnastics needs the same respect as collegiate sports get !

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