In July 2020, Stanford University announced it would be eliminating men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. These 11 sports represent roughly one-third of the school’s 36 sponsored athletic programs, account for 240 athletes and include programs that have produced 20 national titles and 27 Olympic medals.
We support reinstating all 11 varsity programs at Stanford.
We support giving teams the time and opportunity to self-fund and believe they can. The cut programs have already raised $40 million in pledges.
We believe the breadth of Stanford's athletics department has been and should continue to be a fundamental part of the university's identity.
We ask the Board of Trustees to reconsider the decision because it changes Stanford's character — and was made at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic while many unknown factors were at play.