via Fred Turoff:
The Temple University Board of Trustees recently announced that they will eliminate seven athletic programs as of July 1st, 2014. These teams are Women’s Softball, Men’s Baseball, Men’s Crew, Women’s Rowing, Men‘s Gymnastics, and Men’s Track and Field. These sports are historic to Temple University. While we want to see all of the sports stay our main goal is to save our beloved program.
They have produced professional athletes, U.S national team members and Olympians to go forth and be successful, while not only representing Temple University, but also the United States and now all of that is being taken away.
The Board and University Administration are blaming the Title IX Amendment for equality in funding for men and women, lack of funding and to run leaner so the surviving sports can grow. Raising this money will force them to really answer for why they are cutting these sports.
If this effort does not succeed in reinstating the Temple Men’s Gymnastics Program, then the money raised will be endowed to the protection and possible creation of other Division 1 teams around the country.