Stanford University has reversed the decision to cut 11 of its varsity sports programs. In an announcement on Tuesday, the school said the school backtracked in part because of “an improved financial picture with increased fundraising potential.”
At the time of the original decision in July of 2020, the university received heavy backlash after it announced the following sports would be discontinued:
- Men’s and women’s fencing
- Field hockey
- Lightweight rowing
- Men’s rowing
- Co-ed and women’s sailing
- Synchronized swimming
- Men’s volleyball
Also factoring into the decision are federal lawsuits from the athletes affected, as well as on-field protests.
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